WINDHOEK: The Deputy General-Secretary of the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (Napwu), Gabes Andumba says the radio and television services of the national broadcaster are likely to be back on air tonight.
Andumba told Nampa in a telephonic interview on Tuesday that the strike at the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) could be over by tonight after an emergency Cabinet meeting was held on Monday.
“We are likely to resolve the matter today,” he said.
The latest development comes after nearly a week of talks between the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the NBC management, which could not salvage the situation.
The strike entered its sixth day on Tuesday.
According to Andumba, a media conference is scheduled to take place at the NBC Television Centre in Windhoek’s northern industrial area at around 20h00 on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Nampa has been reliable informed that the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda will also be present at the event.
The national broadcaster asked for a N.dollars 80 million bailout from Government to finance salary increases, and the strike followed an announcement by Kaapanda that the ministry does not have money in its budget to finance a salary increase for NBC employees.
Workers initially wanted a 13 per cent salary increase across the board, but the lower level workers have since indicated that they now want a 4.4 per cent increase, while those in higher grades want a one per cent increase.
They also want higher housing subsidies.