WINDHOEK: There will be no national radio and television services as from midnight tonight when workers at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) go on strike.
The Deputy General Secretary of the Namibia Public Workers’ Union (Napwu), Gabes Andumba told Nampa in a telephonic interview on Wednesday that there are no new developments on the demands made by workers for salary increases.
The national broadcaster asked for a N.dollars 80 million bailout to finance salary increases.
“At this time, there is no improvement. We have declared a strike at 24h00, and there will be no NBC,” he noted.
The union has given the NBC 48 hours’ notice of a strike, which lapses this afternoon.
The strike comes in the wake of an announcement by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology Joel Kaapanda that the ministry does not have money in its budget to finance a salary increase for NBC employees.
Kaapanda was quoted in local media as saying that he was very concerned about an imminent strike over the failed wage negotiations between the NBC and Napwu.
An overwhelming majority of workers are in favour of a strike.