TAZARA threatens dismissal of workers who will strike


UNIONISED workers at the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority [TARAZA] that intend to stage a work stoppage have been threatened that they risk losing jobs.

Last week, unionized workers at TAZARA in Mpika had resolved to start a strike following management’s failure to pay them their three months salaries.

After a series of some private meetings between management and union leaders, TAZARA unionized workers were informed that any employee that would stage a protest will be dismissed from their employment.

The unionized workers have now been left with no option, but to rescind their earlier decision of staging a sit-in protest over unpaid salaries.

“Earlier that other week, there were some assurances from the ministry of transport and communications that they will at least pay us some outstanding salary arrears. And after all those closed door meetings that were held last week between management and our union leaders, we were thinking that we will either be paid our salaries or go on a sit-in protest in order to press for our unpaid three months salaries,” explained one of the affected workers in an interview on Saturday afternoon, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“Unfortunately, we were told that whoever wants to go on strike should consider himself or herself fired. It is now becoming increasingly difficult for us to sustain our families.”

Workers Union of TAZARA president Bedwin Malowa could not pick up his phone when called while Crews and Allied Workers Union of Zambia president Bevis Silumbe’s phone was switched off by press time.

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