WASHINGTON DC —
The crippling strike by Chitungwiza municipal workers entered its fourth day Wednesday with employees vowing not to return to work without the council first addressing their concerns over salary arrears backdating to 2013.
Chitungwiza workers’ spokesman Reverend Ephraim Katsina says more workers joined the strike Wednesday, paralyzing services such as refuse collection, sewerage maintenance and even grave digging.
Town Clerk George Makunde told The Herald that his council has approached the army for assistance, while a group of 300 youths has volunteered to contain the situation.
The workers are owed over $10 million in unpaid salaries and allowances.
Studio 7 failed to get a comment from Chitungwiza mayor Philip Mutoti and Town Clerk George Makunde as their mobile phones were not being answered.
Commenting on the strike, Chitungwiza Residents Trust spokesman, Marvellous Khumalo, says even though the strike is affecting them, they support the workers’ cause.