NRZ workers announce strike action

BULAWAYO - National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) workers will tomorrow engage in a strike action in a bid to compel their employer to pay outstanding salaries.

NRZ workers are owed over $55 million in 10 months’ salary arrears.

The demonstration will take place in Bulawayo, Harare, Gweru and Mutare.

Shadreck Mutakura, president of the Railway Artisans Union, said the strike action was meant to announce to the nation and government, as the sole shareholder, that things were not well.

“There is serious disgruntlement because of poor working conditions, poor infrastructure and non-payment of salaries,” Mutakura said.

“A lot has been said in the past but the truth is NRZ is now totally malfunctioning.”

This comes after the High Court last month granted the workers the go-ahead to stage peaceful protests. Police had barred the demonstration on the basis that it was likely to turn violent.

Mutakura called for the ouster of the current management.

“The problem of NRZ lies in the current management who do not have ideas on how to turn around things at the parastatal,” he told a news conference yesterday.

“They have just failed and must go. We are happy with the new board led by Alvord Mabhena whom we feel has got tangible experience and has got what it takes to drive NRZ forward but our problem is he can’t work with the current management.”

Mutakura said the recent fatal accidents involving trains could have been avoided if the government had paid attention to the dire situation at NRZ.

NRZ wants to retrench 6 000 workers, about 86 percent of its workforce to cut running costs, according to Transport and Communication minister Obert Mpofu.

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

Mutakura urged the government to put the revival of NRZ on the forefront if efforts to revive the economy were to be successful.

 

Comments (2)

VaMutakura which govt are u talking about those people do not use the nrz except commandiering it to ferry zpf people for free like they do with zupco. dai dzanga dziri denge ku air zim vaimanya.

nrz sorry - 8 September 2014

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