OTJIWARONGO: Staff members of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) at Otjiwarongo on Thursday joined other NBC striking workers who are demanding a wage increase.
NBC Otjiwarongo Regional Manager, Tobias Kandanga told Nampa on Thursday that he and other staff members here deserted all NBC duties to demand for their four per cent salary increment.
“We started with our strike here at 08h00, and we will not stop until our demands are met,” he vowed.
Kandanga led 13 other staff members at his station in a strike, carrying placards at the main gate of the Otjiwarongo NBC station.
Some of the placards read: “NBC management should put its house in order”, “Without a four per cent salary increment, there will be no work”; “Down with NBC’s contract employment, down”; “It’s a colonialism system of employment”; “Down Sven Thieme, NBC Chairman of the Board, down”.
The Otjiwarongo NBC station also provides services to the Kunene, Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa regions.
Kandanga said since the strike is legal, it will continue until such time that workers’ demands are met, because the last time they received a salary raise was in 2006.
Otjiwarongo NBC shop-steward Eddy Muniazo added that the workers will be on strike until a satisfactory written answer is given to them.
“We are not changing our minds. We did not fail the NBC management in any way, so management should not fail us either,” he noted.
NBC TV and Radio stations have not played any live shows since Wednesday midnight, with just music blaring over the senders.