Italian dam contractor in Namibia hit by strike

Workers constructing a dam in Namibia under the Italian company Salini SpA locked up the gates to the site Monday, demanding better working conditions.


More than 400 workers at the Neckartal Dam in the south of the country about 470 kilometers from Windhoek disrupted business in the morning, blocking trucks and other workers from going in to work.


The standoff ended later in the day when project manager Fabrizio Lazzarin came to receive a petition handed over by the workers on behalf of their union – the Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union.

In the petition, the workers said they are being ill-treated and said they would not return to work until their demands have been met.

In turn, Lazzarin gave each of the workers letters which informed them that the company has approached the Labor Court over the issue.

According to the letters, the case has been set for Thursday.

Salini SpA won the 2.8 billion Namibian dollars (about 180 million U.S dollars) for the construction of the dam. The work has been disrupted constantly by workers who are making several demands.

The dam that is about 44 percent complete is being built along the Fish River.

In December 2015, community members from the Hendrik Tseib brought business to a stop claiming that Salini SpA was flouting tender specifications.

The project is scheduled to be completed by 2017. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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