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Unpaid Railway Workers Stage Peaceful Protest

  • Thomas Chiripasi

Some of the protesting NRZ workers in Harare on Friday, May 20, 2016. (Photo: Thomas Chiripasi)

Some of the protesting NRZ workers in Harare on Friday, May 20, 2016. (Photo: Thomas Chiripasi)

Workers of the National Railways of Zimbabwe on Friday staged a demonstration in Harare demanding outstanding salaries backdating to last year.

More than 300 NRZ employees gathered at the parastatal’s local offices waving placards, demanding their outstanding salaries and allowances.

The railway workers also petitioned parliament and Labour Minister Prisca Mupfumira demanding that government urgently looks into their plight.

One of the protestors, Tafadzwa Bhunu, said life has become unbearable for most of the company’s employees following NRZ’s failure to pay them their dues.

Another demonstrator, Linda Masarira, who is challenging her dismissal from the company in the courts, said she was also worried that NRZ is not saying anything about the plight of its workers.

National Railways of Zimbabwe workers stage protests in Harare, May 20, 2016. (Photo: Thomas Chiripasi)

National Railways of Zimbabwe workers stage protests in Harare, May 20, 2016. (Photo: Thomas Chiripasi)

Masarira criticized Mupfumira for ordering all striking NRZ employees to return to work without her addressing the issue of their outstanding salaries and allowances.

NRZ acting general manager Engineer Lewis Mukwada asked Studio 7 to submit questions in writing but he had not responded at the time of going to air.

The industrial action of NRZ employees is affecting the movement of goods as the engines of most of the company’s locomotives have been switched off.

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