Management of the Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (Zupco) ordered security to lock out former employees at the company’s Bulawayo depot. The employees who were demonstrating are demanding their terminal benefits and pensions after some going back as far as 1982. Some of the employees claim that they are yet to receive anything despite being retrenched just after indepedndence. Others were retrenched between 1982- 2010.
Former Zupco national workers’ union chairperson, Lucas Munyika said:
We will sit here even if they have locked us outside the company, which shows that they are not interested to hear us and are not willing to assist us.
They are making us look stupid, but we will not leave this place for the next two days. We want the chief executive officer, Zion Muwoni to come and address us or send someone with authority to talk to us over our concerns.
If they fail to address us over these three days, we will take it further until our concerns are addressed.