Fishcor is moving employees again – Informanté
The management of the National Fishing Corporation (Fishcor) has transferred approximately 475 employees from Tunacor to Venmar Fishing to ensure that they continue to receive their wages.
The group’s employee move is similar to that of the public fishery last November, when the majority of people employed by Seaflower Pelagic Processing in Walvis Bay moved to Tunacor.
In this case, Tunacor received a horse mackerel quota of 4,000 metric tonnes from Fishcor to support workers at the plant until the end of April this year with the agreement that some of the workers would be employed from permanently by their host fishing company.
The new deal with Venmar Fishing is the same and would ensure that workers will receive their wages monthly until the end of December this year.
To support the 425 workers, the company received a quota of 10,000 tonnes. Venmar Fishing is a freezer trawler operation, which means that most of the fish caught by the company are processed and frozen at sea. As a result, Venmar Fishing has limited onshore processing facilities.
The transfer of employees from one host company to another was announced by Fishcor’s new Interim Managing Director, Ruth Herunga. In the announcement, Herunga said 600 employees will be on fixed-term contracts with Venmar Fishing until December 31, 2021.
“Fishcor is pleased to announce that the 600 former employees of Seaflower Pelagic Processing (SPP) have received their April wages, in accordance with their fixed-term contracts,” Herunga said in her announcement.
Herunga said the workers would receive a basic salary, housing and transportation allowances.
Although Venmar Fishing does not have a processing facility, she indicated that people would work in the factory. She also said that some people will be responsible for the administrative work.
Herunga said 600 workers would be housed at Venmar Fishing, even though Seaflower Pelagic Processing employed 655 people. Only 425 people have moved to Tunacor and among those 50 people a permanent job has been offered in Tunacor, which means that only 375 workers are part of the new agreement.
In the meantime, Fishcor auctioned the government’s share of horse mackerel and hake quotas to the highest bidder in order to meet financial obligations such as payment of municipal accounts that fell into arrears and salaries of interim council members. directors of the public fishing company.