NBC employees go on countrywide strike

28 Sep 2018 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 28 SEP (NAMPA) - Employees of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) countrywide downed tools on Friday after their demand of a six per cent salary increment with backdated pay was not met by the broadcaster’s management.
The Namibia Public Workers Union representative for the workers, Toucy Tjijombo on Friday told the media during their demonstration from Dortmund Street in Katutura to the NBC headquarters in the northern industrial area that the labour commissioner issued a Certificate of Unresolved Dispute, which has led to them striking indefinitely.
This came after the union could not reach a consensus with NBC management and thus referred the case to the labour commissioner.
“We do not know when we are going to resume duty, as we speak everything is off. There is only music playing on all the NBC radio channels and just visuals playing on the television channels,” she said.
No NBC employees will work until all parties come on board and meet the demands, Tjijombo said.
She stated that there are about 629 employees working for the national broadcaster in all the regions and they have all gone on strike.
“We are going to strike until we see the money reflecting in our bank accounts or until we reach an agreement with Government,” the union representative said.
Tjijombo apologised to their viewers, listeners and customers.
“We know there is money involved which they have paid to the NBC, but unfortunately we have to do what we have to do, which is to go on strike. We followed all the necessary procedures,” she said.
The employees of the national broadcaster also went on a strike in 2012, when they demanded a 13 per cent salary increment.