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Zimbabwe Railways Board Begs Striking Workers to Go Back to Work

NRZ workers' strike has affected the operations of the parastatal

The industrial action by some National Railways of Zimbabwe workers is set to continue after a meeting between board chairman Larry Mavima, NRZ management and workers’ representatives failed to yield positive results.

Mavima called for the meeting to try and persuade the striking workers to return to work while the parastatal looks for funds to clear the 15 month pay arrears.

Zimbabwe Amalgamated Railways Workers’ Union president Kamurai Moyo said workers made it clear at the meeting that their members are willing to return to work but they do not have bus fare.

He said Mavima tried to explain to them that the parastatal is doing everything it can to raise the money, including transporting maize at a fee, but workers’ representatives ignored his remarks.

“Workers want to return to work as early as yesterday, but they are says give us our salaries or even part payment first. The board chairman knows what the NRZ should do, pay the workers,” Moyo said.

NRZ workers went on strike at the end of last month demanding outstanding salaries backdating to 2015 but the company is struggling to raise the money.

Reached for a comment, NRZ spokesperson Fanuel Masikati said he was yet to get a briefing on the outcome of the meeting since he did not attend.

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