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Namibia: Labour think tank says precarious jobs on the rise mainly in retail, agriculture & mining sectors

Author: Luqman Cloete, The Namibian (Namibia), Published on: 16 April 2018

"Namibia: Precarious Jobs On the Rise in Namibia", 3 April 2018

Precarious work where people fill permanent job needs but are denied permanent employee rights seems to be on the increase in Namibia. Globally, these workers are subject to unstable employment, lower wages and more dangerous working conditions. They rarely receive social benefits and are often denied the right to join a union. Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI) director Michael Akuupe in an interview said casual and precarious employment was in "first gear " in the country. He singled out the retail, agriculture and mining sectors as the biggest employers of precarious workers...Akuupe reasoned that the growing number of workers in precarious jobs could only be addressed by reforming the country's labour laws to protect those who do not receive stable salaries or benefits like medical aid and social security...Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) secretary general Mahongora Kavihuha said "casualisation" of workers in Namibia is "very high", which he attributed to government's pro-business approach.

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