The government is hoping 1 100 fishermen who lost their jobs during the 2015 illegal strike as well as casual employees who have been retrenched over the years, will be absorbed by the fishing industry before 1 November. The New Era newspaper reports that Cabinet last year resolved to facilitate the re-employment of the Namsov fishermen as well as those who went on an illegal strike. Labour minister Utoni Nujoma on Friday told journalists at Swakopmund that they are hoping to finalise the process as soon as possible after attending lengthy negotiations with unions and fishing companies to facilitate the process. According to Nujoma, at least six fishing companies have agreed to employ the fishermen while the government also availed 1 300 metric tons of hake for the process.