The Namibian Public Workers’ Union (NAPWU) has requested an exact date from the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to implement the agreement between the two parties to hire all contract employees into permanent positions. The union said that NBC had failed miserably in implementing half of the agreement reached by the two parties to end the month-long strike, which lasted from April 22 to May 25, in a letter submitted to the corporation through their lawyer Sisa Namanje.
NBC has “not operationalized the employment of all employees on a one-year contract into permanent employees with immediate effect (May 25, 2021). They have not worked on the modalities for the implementation of benefits offered, not tabled to Napwu the modalities as agreed upon within seven days, and not established a joint commission comprised members of the board, management union and workplace union representative as agreed”.
Umbi Karuaihe-Upi, NBC’s spokesperson, stated that the company must evaluate various factors due to its current financial predicament. Specific requests will be addressed if the environment improves, depending on what is available in the coffers.
NBC recently informed the union that it no longer has the required 51 per cent plus one majority to be considered the exclusive bargaining unit. The union was chastised by its members, who had lost faith in its operations and questioned its mission after they did not meet the agreed-upon requests within the agreed-upon time limit. As a result, the union is demanding action, and if NBC refuses, it will take the case to court to enforce the agreement and gain remedy at NBC’s expense.
Employees have accused the company of victimizing them and taking salary “illegally” from those who participated in the strike. As a result, the Public Service Union of Namibia (PSUN) filed a High Court application asking NBC to repay any money withheld from workers due to the “no work, no pay” policy.