Over 3,000 unionised workers at the Tanzania Zambia Railway authority have gone on an indefinite strike due to non payment salaries for five months.
The workers have also blocked the movement of the newly introduced Zambia Railways Chambeshi passenger train from moving between new Kapiri Mposhi and Nakonde on the TAZARA railway line. Yesterday, ZR decided to refund the passengers who had bought tickets after it became apparent that the striking workers would not allow the train to move.
TAZARA workers union Afrika Mkandawire told ZANIS that the workers would not resume work until they are paid the salary arrears or be retrenched and be paid their dues instead of being kept without salaries for this lengthy time. Mkandawrire also challenged TAZARA MD Ronald Phiri to explain why TAZARA was no longer moving cargo between Kapiri Mposhi and Dar-es-Salaam
And as usual the Zambian government has failed to honor the promise made by transport and communications minister Yamfwa Mukanga that the workers would be paid the salaries by June month end.
Meanwhile sources have told the Watchdog that the government of the republic of Tanzania and the Zambian counterparts are considering concessioning the jointly owned railway company due to the unending financial problems.