President Hage Geingob held a public briefing on the planned industrial action by civil servants where Petrus Nevonga, the General Secretary of the Namibia Public Workers Union announced that the government has reconsidered it’s position. This as after seven years of not receiving any salary increment, civil servants had initially demanded a 9 per cent increase on their basic salary and housing benefit, as well as a 10 per cent hike in their transport benefit, which could have cost the government N$ 3.5 billion. Speaking at the same event, Secretary to Cabinet, George Simataa, said the negotiations were not easy and the government was in a tough position, taking into account the economic situation, however they managed to come to an agreement with the unions.