Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Namibia: Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Strike Could End Today

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) nationwide strike could end today after Cabinet approved a N$8.9 million bailout for the beleaguered national broadcaster whose employees have been on strike for almost a week now.

NBC's Director General, Albertus Aochamub, confirmed late yesterday that he would communicate the news to the workers who downed tools midnight last Wednesday.

Aochamub said he hoped that by today radio and television services would be restored to normal programming.

NBC management had made provision of N$9 million in its budget for salary increments and other demands by employees but did not get the funds this financial year from government, which led to a deadlock in talks between the union and the national broadcaster.

An urgent Cabinet meeting was called yesterday in the wake of the strike, which has left viewers and listeners high and dry.

People living in rural areas were the most affected as they could not access information on community meetings, death or funeral announcements, possible disasters and other pertinent information that they used to receive through radio.

Yesterday, Aochamub said he was in meetings with the unions at the time of going to print and did not divulge any more information on agreements reached.

(Source : New Era, Namibia

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