Dundee Precious Metals (DPM) Tsumeb has concluded the substantive negotiations, that have been ongoing for the past six months. The recognition and procedural agreement entered into between DPM Tsumeb and the Mineworkers’ Union of Namibia (MUN) directs both parties to meet and negotiate on substantive issues including salary increases and benefits.
Following these negotiations, the parties reached a two-year agreement that includes a salary increase of 3% for 2021,
taking effect from 1 July 2021, as well as a salary increase of 4% for 2022, taking effect from 1 March 2022.
According to Managing Director, Zebra Kasete, this agreement covers the period 01 July 2021 to 28 February 2023.
He also expressed his appreciation to the negotiation teams for the maturity with which these very difficult negotiations were conducted. Kasete said the current situation in the world and more so in the country was taken into consideration during the process.
“The agreement comes at a time when the economy is under siege from Covid-19 and with the uncertainty which organisations across industries face, we are mindful of our own challenges. This agreement provides clarity for our employees and allows employees to remain focused on safety and productivity,” said Kasete.
Furthermore, Kasete expressed appreciation, saying: “We are grateful to our shareholders for a sense of caring for employees, and we are committed to ensuring that the
smelter is transformed into a sustainable business that will unlock resources and generates value for all our stakeholders.”
The DPM Tsumeb MUN branch executive chairman, Christian Ntjamba, thanked DPM management for the agreement reached. “Even though some members were not content, the agreement is mutually beneficial to all stakeholders, under the current circumstances,” said the chairman, adding that it is a joy to be employed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
DPM Tsumeb’s smelter was constructed in 1963 and is one of only a few in the world that can treat complex copper concentrates. The smelter produces 98.5% pure copper blisters and with its ability to treat complex copper concentrates it is transitioning from a captive smelter, receiving mainly DPM concentrates, into a toll treatment facility with brownfields expansion potential. DPM Tsumeb is one of the largest employers in the Oshikoto region with a workforce of approximately 800 employees.