NBC, Napwu iron out pay modalities

27 May 2021 | Labour

OGONE TLHAGE and TUYEIMO HAIDULA

WINDHOEK/OSHAKATI

The Namibia Public Workers Union and the NBC are working on modalities to ensure that striking employees will be paid their May salaries.

Napwu secretary-general Petrus Nevonga yesterday announced the end of the strike, saying an agreement had been reached between the corporation and the union. NBC employees had been on strike for four weeks demanding a salary increase and backpay.

Napwu’s Daniel Nadunya confirmed that the two parties were meeting when called for comment yesterday.

“The union and employer agreed on how the employer can assist those affected by the ‘no work, no pay’ policy,” Nadunya said.

The strike was premised on the basis of ‘no work, no pay’, meaning that striking employees would forfeit their pay for the length of time the strike carried on.

According to Nadunya, the modalities being considered would either mean employees would sell their leave days or receive a salary advance.

No raise

NBC board chairperson Lazarus Jacobs confirmed that employees would receive no salary hikes or backpay, while Napwu secretary-general Nevonga said an agreement had been reached between the union and the corporation about the strike.

Nevonga added that Napwu would not be taking the corporation to court.

“Only qualifying contract workers will be considered for permanent employment,” Jacobs said of the operations at the NBC.

NBC workers demanded an 8% increase but the corporation has repeatedly said it is facing serious financial challenges this year due to the budget allocation of N$127.5 million, which represents a 62% reduction, compared to the previous financial year’s allocation of N$334.1 million.

Jacobs had insisted that the strike was unaffordable and risked the future of the NBC.