NRZ to retrench 6 000 workers

HARARE - The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) wants to retrench 6 000 workers, about 86 percent of its workforce to cut running costs, a Cabinet minister has revealed.

However, the government will instead seek to raise $260 million to recapitalise the parastatal and avert the job losses.

“NRZ used to employ more than 25 000 people in Bulawayo and that employment sustained the activities of Bulawayo, but that number has gone down to 7 000,” Transport and Communication minister Obert Mpofu told  a business meeting organised by a local media group.

“I received a request from the board to retrench another 6 000 to leave 1 000 and I said that was not sustainable.”

Mpofu said the government will instead seek to raise $260 million in the short to medium term to rehabilitate and service railroad network, signalling and communication equipment, adding that talks with potential investors had already started.

NRZ recently said it requires $2 billion over 10 years to rehabilitate all of its rail road network.

The parastatal has received $4 million from the government under the Public Sector Investment Programme (PSIP) and started repairing some tracks.

Comments (3)

ndozvandinokudirai babampofu vanhu ngavaende kumusha. dhorobha nderenyu varidzi venyika. reign mpofu its your country. zimbabweans are passive they wont say anything. even ukati vaende kunochera marasha usinga vapi mari vanaoenda. Even verailways ivava kunyangwe ukasavabhadara mari dont worry they will keep quite.

babavasviri - 1 November 2013

Vote for ZANU PF so that when we are in power 6,000 people will be retrenched ! ! ! Vote for ZANU PF so that more people will be retrenched while we are in power ! !

Voter - 1 November 2013

Such an announcement would trigger strikes in Sa, yet in Zimbabwe, people are afraid of being labeled MDC. Why not retrench the ghost workers or the green bombers who get paid for doing nothing.

Tafi - 2 November 2013

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