After a month of protests, Sun International has agreed to meet with the union representing their Namibia workers.
It appears that the call from the union representing workers at the Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino in Namibia for talks with the resort’s operators Sun International has finally been answered. The workers are represented by the Namibian Food and Allied Workers Union (NAFAU) and they have been complaining of unfair labour practices at the hotel.
About a month ago a demonstration was held by NAFAU in Windhoek at which they handed a petition to the management of Sun International calling for the dismissal of general manager Rudie Rupett. When they failed to receive a response from management they took to the streets on Windhoek on March 22nd and accused the management of nepotism, unfair treatment and racial discrimination.
Verna Robson of Sun International has now said that it has given the trade union a list of dates when the two sides can meet and discuss issues relating to Sun International Namibia workers. Robson says that the meeting should aid management to understand the problems and develop strategies to deal with them. Robson went on to say that “the meetings are in line with the provisions of the Recognition Committee that encourages a harmonious relationship and cooperation which is essential for the successful running of the business.”
The Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino is just one of many owned by Sun International within South Africa. Their flagship casino, Sun City, is broadly considered to be one of the best gambling destinations in the world. Due to their international reputation, Sun International will be eager to avoid negative publicity and will be doing their best to resolve these problems as soon as possible.
Robson has said that they are fully committed to engaging with the trade union and she believes that they can address all concerns in a friendly manner, finally she said that they are looking “forward to meeting with the union.”