Retrenched, dismissed fishermen will be reinstated

Retrenched, dismissed fishermen will be reinstated
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Government announced that all retrenched and dismissed fishermen will be reinstated. This was revealed by the Acting Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Dr Albert Kawana, when he addressed the Fishing industry in Walvis Bay.
The announcement follows a decision by Cabinet, which directed Dr Kawana to ensure that those retrenched due to the downsizing of Namsov as well as fishermen at Lüderitz and Walvis Bay after they went on an illegal strike in 2015, be reinstated.
We wanted to know from Dr Kawana how the more than 1 000 workers would be assured work.
"Cabinet has already decided there is no question about that but when it comes to implementation I have to involve all stakeholders; the affected employees, trade union leaders, the office of the Governor and the Ministry of Labour.
"These workers must be spread to all companies willing to take them in return for some of the quotas to be increased because what we don't want is to leave our people suffering in the streets," he said.
The Minister further requested members in the sector to not dwell on the Fishrot scandal and instead allow the law to take its course.
In regards to the companies implicated in the alleged scandal, Dr Kawana said, "Some of these companies are briefcase companies but my bottom line is that those who employ workers, those who have factories, those who have vessels, they must be considered. After all, workers are not the ones who committed the crime. Some of them are just a few individuals who might be managers. Workers might be innocent and we don't want to punish everybody.
Dr Kawana also informed the fishing industry that UNAM is currently auditing the more than 5 000 quota applications.
This process, the minister says, would be completed by January. However, there is a temporary allocation of quotas that will end in March 2020.
Various stakeholders in the fishing sector such as the unions, private entities, fishing companies, fishermen and women and the public attended the meeting.