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Act 11 of 2007

Act 11 of 2007
Signed by the President on 21 December 2007
Promulgated on 31 December 2007
Came into force on (no date for implementation on 30 May 2008)

Long Title

To consolidate and amend the labour law; to establish a comprehensive Labour Law for all employers and employees; to entrench fundamental labour rights and protections; to regulate basic terms and conditions of employment; to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees; to protect employees from unfair labour practices; to regulate the registration of trade unions and employers’ organisations; to regulate collective labour relations; to provide for the systematic prevention and resolution of labour disputes; to establish the Labour Advisory Council, the Labour Court, the Wages Commission and the labour inspectorate; to provide for the appointment of the Labour Commissioner and the Deputy Labour Commissioner; and to provide for incidental matters.


To give effect to the constitutional commitment to promote and maintain the welfare of the people of Namibia in Chapter 11 of the Constitution; and

To further a policy of labour relations conducive to economic growth, stability and productivity by -

promoting an orderly system of free collective bargaining; improving wages and conditions of employment; advancing individuals who have been disadvantaged by past discriminatory laws and practices; regulating the conditions of employment of all employees in Namibia without discrimination on grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, religion, creed, or social or economic status, in particular-
ensuring equality of opportunity and terms of employment, maternity leave and job security for women; promoting sound labour relations and fair employment practices by encouraging freedom of association, in particular, the formation of trade unions to protect workers’ rights and interests and the formation of employers’ organisations; setting minimum basic conditions of service for all employees; ensuring the health, safety and welfare of employees at work; prohibiting, preventing and eliminating the abuse of child labour; prohibiting, preventing and eliminating forced labour; giving effect, if possible, to the conventions and recommendations of the International Labour Organisation;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of Namibia as follows:

  1. CHAPTER 1 Introductory Provisions
  2. CHAPTER 2 Fundamental Rights and Protections
  3. CHAPTER 3 Basic Conditions of Employment
  4. CHAPTER 4 Health, Safety and Welfare of Employees
  5. CHAPTER 5 Unfair Labour Practices
  6. CHAPTER 6 Establishment and winding up of Trade Unions and Employers Organisations
  7. CHAPTER 7 Strikes and Lockouts
  8. CHAPTER 8 Prevention and Resolution of Disputes
  9. CHAPTER 9 Labour Institutions
  10. CHAPTER 10 General Provisions
  11. SCHEDULE Transitional Provisions
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