NBC board, management comedic – Tucna

12 May 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE



WINDHOEK

The Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) has accused NBC’s board and management of showing themselves to be no better than comedians in a letter to information minister Peya Mushelenga over the protracted strike.

NBC’s employees are currently on strike over a pay dispute and are a demanding a 5.1% salary hike plus backpay.

Board chairperson Lazarus Jacobs has, however, said that the broadcaster will not be able to meet employees’ demand because of its reduced government grant.

Writing to Mushelenga, the union requested a meeting with him, saying the board and management have shown an unwillingness to address the strike.

“As far as the board of directors and the management are concerned, they have shown themselves to be no better than the comedians that they are. Their attempts so far tried using non-striking and others to perform duties of striking workers, which itself is unlawful, demonstrating a clear case of comic strip buffoonery at play rather any inclination to address this problem with the seriousness it deserves,” Tucna secretary-general Mahongora Kavihuha said.

Broadcasting monopoly

According to Kavihuha, a meeting was necessary because of NBC’s near-complete broadcasting monopoly.

“There is an institutional and constitutional imperative and entitlement for the nation to receive proper up-to-date information that is relevant and, as far as we can see, the line minister of information together with the board and management of NBC do not show any particular indication to give any serious attention to resolving this dispute and to the re-establishment of broadcasting services,” he said.

He also called on Mushelenga to appoint a special council to help about bring an end to the strike.

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