About the AEA
The Agricultural Employers' Association (AEA) is an affiliate of the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU) and deals purely with labour-related issues within the commercial agricultural sector. The AEA is officially registered as an employers' organisation with the Ministry of Labour and submits audited financial statements annually. The Association's business is conducted at the head office of the NAU in Windhoek.
The AEA deals with human resource management for commercial agriculture at international, national, regional and farmers' association levels. The Association is actively involved in the interpretation of legislation pertaining to agricultural labour matters and the application thereof in the agri-industry. Important information regarding labour issues is collected and distributed to NAU members.
The AEA undertakes wage surveys amongst its members on a bi-annual basis and provides wage reports with data for decision-making at all levels.
The association developed an HIV/AIDS Policy for the Commercial Agricultural Sector and manuals for the practical implementation of the policy are available to the industry. In addition, manuals on Good Labour Practice as well as Health and Safety have been written for the benefit of the NAU members.
As an affiliate of the Namibia Employers’ Federation (NEF), the AEA is represented on the Labour Advisory Council (LAC), the Social Security Commission (SSC) and the Namibia Training Authority (NTA).
The AEA is furthermore a founding member of the Namibia Agricultural Labour Forum (NALF), a body that deals constructively with labour-related agricultural issues, such as minimum wages and other conditions of employment. Other partners on this forum are the Ministry of Labour, the NNFU, NECFU and NAFWU.
The Association is represented on a committee that is headed by the Ministry of Labour & Social Welfare and the ILO on the prevention of Child Labour in Namibia.
The AEA is responsible for the promotion of sound labour relations in the agricultural sector and provides labour advice to its members by means of telephonic or email correspondence as well as via the weekly NAU Newsletter.
Agricultural employers are supplied with labour management documentation, such as pro-forma employment contracts and wage remittances. Amongst the numerous documents available are guidelines to disciplinary procedures, attendance registers, SSC forms and certificates to acknowledge the long service of employees etc.