Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) workers across the country have gone on strike with no indication on when the work stoppage will
end, writes Denver Isaacs in The Namibian.

Employees declared a dispute last week after the broadcaster failed to pay them a six per cent salary increase, which management agreed to last year.

They are also calling for the immediate resignation of the Director General, Bob Kandetu, his management and the NBC's Board of Directors, accusing them of "downright corrupt practices".

Approached for comment, Kandetu told The Namibian yesterday that efforts to address the salary issue had been under way even before the strike.

"Government wanted a business plan from us, that was the only way they would agree to talk to us. That was done and in November it was submitted," Kandetu said.

Discussions between the parastatal and Government were held in December, he added, and both had since been working on ways to come up with adequate funds.

The NBC would soon announce a press conference to inform the public about the situation, Kandetu said.

Kandetu was appointed as DG of the perennially troubled broadcaster in May 2006.

Windhoek-based workers and those at satellite offices around the country reported for duty yesterday morning, but were not at their work stations.

Instead they picketed on the premises.

Click here to read the full report, posted on The Namibian's website.