3. Membership: How do I join?

3. MEMBERSHIP

3.1       Membership to the Union shall be open to all workers employed in the mining and energy industries including any other sector/operations in which labour is still not organised, and workers in any undertaking auxiliary or ancillary to the mining and energy industries as per clause 3 of this constitution.

3.2       Any worker wishing to become a member of the union shall direct his application to the Branch Executive Committee of the area of his employment.

3.3       Application for membership shall be in writing by way of completing a membership application form.

3.4       Upon completion of membership application form, the applicant shall be admitted as a member, and a membership card shall be issued in his/her name. Click here to download form

3.5       (i) The new member’s name shall be entered into a Branch Members’ Register immediately upon becoming a member.

(ii) The Head Office shall keep all database of MUN members and issue membership cards.

3.6       The Branch Executive Committee may upon its discretion accept or reject a worker’s application for membership.

3.7       A worker whose application has been rejected by the Branch Executive Committee’s may appeal against such decision at the next Branch Biennial Conference. The appeal shall be lodged in writing at least seven days prior to the Branch Biennial Conference. The appellant shall be entitled to appear in person at such meeting for the purpose of making representations in support of his appeal.

3.8       The decision for the Branch Biennial Conference on the application shall be final, provided that the appellant may apply afresh after at least 12 months have passed after the Branch Biennial Conference.

3.9       Every member shall pay a monthly subscription fee of 1% (percent) of his/her basic salary. The subscription fees shall be payable direct into the MUN National Account by the employer.

3.10     Receipt slips shall be issued immediately upon receipt of subscription fees unless check-off facilities are in operation. A record shall be kept of the contribution of each member.

3.11     All membership subscription fees and other monies due to the union and collected from members shall be deposited in the union’s banking account within a period of seven days from receipt thereof.

3.12     In case of contract workers, members shall be exempted for the period they are out of contract, provided that proof of the termination of contract shall be obtained one month in advance.

3.13     A member shall not be in good financial standing if he is more than three months in arrears with the payment of his subscription fees, unless he has been exempted there from.

3.14     Only a member in good financial standing shall be entitled to the benefits and advantages of membership.

3.15     A worker shall cease to be a member if he is more than six months in arrears with the payment of his subscription fees, unless he has been exempted there from in terms of clauses 3.12 and 3.13 above.

3.16     The National Executive Committee may exempt any member from paying subscription fees for the period of one month or more in accordance with the merits of the situation example: illness or any other serious reasons and notice to resume work is given within one month.

3.17     A member shall be liable for the payment of any fees, (other than subscription or entrance), fines, and levies as might be deemed necessary and decided on from time to time by the National Executive Committee, the Central Committee or National Congress.

3.18     The National Congress may in special instances accord honorary membership to any person who in the opinion of the National Congress has a loyal record of service to the MUN.

3.19     A member in terms of clause 3.18 shall be exempted from the payment of subscription fees for the period of such honorary membership.

 

4. Termination of Membership

4. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

4.1       Any member may resign from the union after giving one month’s notice, or such other period as the National Executive Committee may decide on. Such resignation shall not absolve the member from the obligation to settle all amounts owed by him to the union.

4.1.1    Any office bearer who is a member of the union may resign from his position after giving notice, or such other period as the National Executive Committee may decide upon.

4.2       Should the Branch Executive Committee (BEC) be of the opinion that a member has conducted him/herself in a manner detrimental to the interest of the union and its members, the BEC may suspend any such member from the union membership and from any benefits arising there from, for such a period and on such conditions as the BEC may see fit. Provided that before any such disciplinary actions is invoked the BEC shall hold an enquiry into the member’s conduct, and the member shall be afforded an opportunity to present his case at such enquiry, and provided that the BEC shall lay any such matter before Regional Executive Committee (REC) for final decision.

4.3       Power to expel any member from the union shall rest with the National Executive Committee. Should the actions or conduct of any member be, in the opinion of his/her BEC, of such nature as warranting expulsion from the union, the BEC may make recommendations to the Regional Executive Committee. The Regional Executive Committee shall accept or reject the BEC’s recommendation after duly critical investigations and discussions of the case, provided that the member involved shall be present at the REC to present his/her case. If the matter is not settled at the REC, the REC may make recommendations to the NEC. The NEC shall accept or reject the REC’ s recommendations after duly critical investigation and discussion of the case, provided that the member involved shall be present at the NEC to present his case. In case of expulsion, NEC shall determine conditions which the expelled member shall have to comply with before he may be re-admitted as a member.

4.4       A member whose contract of employment in the mining and energy industries has been terminated will seize his membership status with the Union from the date of the ‘termination of his contract

4.5       If in the opinion of the BEC a member has conducted him/herself in a manner detrimental to the interest of the union and its members, the BEC shall refer the case to the REC which may decide to terminate membership of such a member.

2. Aims and Objectives

2. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The aims and objectives of the union are:

2.1       To organise and unite into one workers’ union all workers employed in the mining and energy industries in Namibia including any other sectors/operations in which labour is still not organised, so as to be able to struggle effectively and victoriously for their economic and social welfare;

2.2       To play a role in regulating industrial relations in the interest of the workers;

2.3       To negotiate on behalf of the members and settle any disputes between members and their employers on the basis of collective bargaining;

2.4       To improve constantly the wages and salaries as well as the working and living conditions of its members;

2.5       To struggle for the improvement of job security of members and to advance their employment prospects;

2.6       To fight against apartheid or any other form of discrimination or segregation imposed on the members;

2.7       To struggle against the contract system, and the migrant labour system and their detrimental consequences on the members;

2.8       To fight against all humiliating practices directed at members, and for the mutual respect and dignity of all everywhere;

2.9       To educate and conscientise members on relevant subjects such as Namibia’s industrial history, and to highlight the role played by the workers in the country’s industrial and social development;

2.10     To establish contact and maintain a close relationship of co-operation and solidarity between mineworkers and other industrial unions or union federations inside and outside Namibia for the sake of Labour Movement unity;

2.11     To seek merges where applicable with other sister unions.

2.12     To promote projects and provide facilities for the members’ self-education and intellectual satisfaction;

2.13     To promote, support or oppose any action as might be in the interest of workers in general and the Trade Union Movement in particular;

2.14     To fight for and uphold the democratic rights of all workers, both in workers’ organisations and in the Namibian society as a whole;

2.15     To make representations to a legal, popularly elected Namibian government on labour and Trade Union legislation and other matters affecting workers;

2.16     To do all other things not inconsistent with the Constitution to promote the interests and welfare of workers.

1. Scope of operations

  1. Scope

The union  operates throughout the whole mining and energy industries of Namibia including any other sectors/operations in which labour is still not organised and in any industrial activity in which employers and employees are associated for the purpose of:

1.1       searching for or winning a mineral;

1.2       crushing, reducing, dressing, concentrating or smelting a mineral;

1.3       producing a product of commercial value from stones;

1.4       extracting, concentrating or refining any constitute of a mineral;

1.5       generating and/or transforming any form of energy or any service thereof. Activities which includes the preparation and construction of generating units.

 

The scope includes those undertakings, enterprises, services, maintenance, operating, administration or activities incidental or ancillary to the mining and energy industries provided the words “mineral” is defined as any substance, whether in solid, liquid or gaseous form, occurring naturally in or on the earth and in the sea and having been formed by or subjected to a geological process and any other sector/operations in which labour is still not organised.