update (26 April 2011): John Kwedhi, general secretary of the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (Natau), confirmed on Thursday (21 April 2011) that an agreement was reached with the airline shortly before 272 ground staff were set to stop work.
update II (21 April 2011): According to Tourbrief, the ground crew of Air Namibia at Windhoek's Hosea Kutako International Airport is not on strike. According to other reports, negotiations were still ongoing last night, and the Namibian Minister of Finance, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, was consulted during the negotiations.
update (21 April 2011): The Air Namibia management and the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (Natau) were engaged in last-minute negotiations to stave off a strike that was planned to begin last night. By yesterday (20 April 2011) afternoon it was not clear whether the strike would go ahead as planned or be called off if the parties reached an agreement. The general secretary of Natau could confirm, however, that an “overwhelming” majority of union members voted for a strike in order to force the airline’s hand. We'll keep you posted!
According to The Namibian, Air Namibia's ground personnel will down tools on 21 April 2011 following a wage negotiations stalemate. The strike action might start at 00:00. In return Air Namibia told the Namibia Transport and Allied Workers Union (Natau), acting on behalf of disgruntled Air Namibia staff, that it will approach the High Court for an urgent interdict.
Romeo Sinkala, Air Namibia's acting head of corporate communications, told the media that the airline is "unable to comment at the moment".
For more information on the status of flights, contact the Air Namibia's regional offices!