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Zimbabwe Labor Ministry Orders Striking Rail Workers Back On Job

  • Gibbs Dube

Zimbabwe Amalgamated Railway Workers Union General Secretary Gideon Shoko said all workers have grudgingly gone back to work as most of them fear that they will not be paid their dues backdating to 2009

National Railways of Zimbabwe workers have suspended their strike over outstanding salaries and allowances after the Labor Ministry gave the railway’s management two weeks to address employee grievances.

Zimbabwe Amalgamated Railway Workers Union General Secretary Gideon Shoko said all workers have grudgingly gone back to work as most of them fear that they will not be paid their dues backdating to 2009.

Shoko said the labor law clearly stipulates that the Ministry of Labor has the right to issue such directives. “We will go to the labor court this Wednesday while engaging NRZ management as ordered by the ministry," he said.

Meanwhile, lecturers at public teachers colleges and polytechnics have also come back from strike charging that they are being intimidated by the ministry of education and college principals.

College Lecturers Association of Zimbabwe Secretary General Nickson Madovi said some of his members want to continue the strike though they have been served suspension letters.

The lowest paid lecturers in colleges and polytechnics earn US$220 a month while their counterparts at universities get more than US$1,000. The instructors are demanding at least 70 percent of what the university lecturers are being paid.

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