Round 500 staff on the Namibia Broadcasting Company, the nation’s nationwide broadcaster, are anticipated to embark on a nationwide strike at this time at 14h00, Namibia Public Employees Union has mentioned.
Napwu department organiser for the central areas Alpha Murangi informed New Period late yesterday that the employees will go on an indefinite strike after negotiations between NBC and the union broke down.
NBC staff are demanding an 8% wage increment however the company in an announcement final week mentioned it’s dealing with critical monetary challenges this yr because of the price range allocation of N$127.5 million, which represents a 62% discount, in comparison with the earlier monetary yr’s allocation of N$334.1 million.
Director common Stanley Similo within the assertion mentioned NBC’s personal projected income is estimated at N$5 million on overage monthly – and this income projection could be affected negatively because of the looming industrial motion since minimal commercials could be aired.
He defined that in the course of the wage negotiations, administration, by means of a board directive, “provided a once-off cost” for all workers, ranging between N$10 000 to N$20 000, relying on how the distribution would have been made as soon as agreed.
Nonetheless, he mentioned, this place was compelled to alter when treasury introduced that the brand new price range allocation for NBC would quantity to N$127.5 million per yr.
In the meantime, Napwu, by means of their lawyer Kadhila Amoomo, yesterday wrote to Similo, warning him of alleged plans by the company for center administration to hold out the duties of the putting workers, saying such motion doesn’t solely represent a gross breach of the legitimate strike guidelines in place however demonstrates the company’s method in the direction of the participation of the putting workers within the authorized strike.
“We want to document that your conduct is unwarranted on any foundation, notably having dedicated only a day in the past to totally adjust to the phrases of the principles as agreed upon by the events; you’ve purposefully ignited our shopper to pursue authorized actions do you have to so persist,” reads the letter.
NBC replied with a letter from their lawyer Shikale and Associates, denying that center managers had been instructed to hold out work of putting staff. The letter states: “Our shopper has contractual agreements with freelancers, whom it shall proceed to have interaction as and when required.”
NBC, within the letter, additionally states that using automated programs will not be prohibited by the strike guidelines. In a memorandum of motion seen by New Period, each events agreed NBC is not going to require non-striking or every other workers to carry out any duties, features or work of the legally putting workers in the course of the industrial motion.
The 2 events additionally agreed that no scab labour could also be engaged to interchange the lawfully putting workers in the course of the industrial motion.
It additional acknowledged that neither the applicant nor any of its members shall intimidate, harass, intervene or do something illegal in opposition to non-striking workers who could want to proceed rendering their companies to the respondent in their very own proper.
The events additionally agreed that the precept of “no work-no-pay” shall apply all through the economic strike motion to workers collaborating.