National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) artisans have threatened industrial over unpaid salaries and bonuses. Their representative Railways Artisans Union (RAU) claims that they need salaries which are 16 months due. The NRZ management however dismisses those calims.
Eddie Africa, RAU president recalled that the NRZ management had promised to pay workers their outstanding salaries by 31 March. He also said that workers are owed bonuses that date as far back as 2016.
Speaking on the way forward, Africa said:
…Our long suffering members have reached a point of incapacitation and are now finding it very difficult to move the nation on empty stomachs and tired feet…
They are going to demonstrate, petition and take all other necessary measures as guided by the Constitution of Zimbabwe and the Labour Act until the employer and the shareholder handle and address the above mentioned grievances with the gravity they merit.
However, NRZ spokesperson Nyasha Maravanyika said Rau was not being truthful. He said:
That’s not what it is. As far as I am concerned, they are getting their money.
If they have not been paid for this month (March), they should not use the old cases — those are separate issues. If it is a new issue, they should come up with a petition then we take it from there.
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