TAZARA WORKERS PLOT TO DOWN TOOLS

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By AARON CHIYANZO

TANZANIA Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) employees have been agitating for a strike over their conditions of service which has been termed as illegal because it was not substantiated, Minister of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba has confirmed.

This follows a tip off from members of the public that TAZARA employees had put their tools down demanding for improved conditions of service.

When contacted, Mr Mushimba said that employees who had gone on strike were given an ultimatum by management and warned that it was illegal.

He told the Daily Nation in an interview that Government had termed the strike as illegal because the conditions of it were not substantiated.

Mr Mushimba however said that TAZARA management has since advised the agitated employees to find an amicable solution.

The minister disclosed that TAZARA management had called on its workers to remain calm and put their planned strike on hold as they engaged.

“I was out of the country and just came back a few days ago, but I was told by my permanent secretary that there were some people who were agitating for a strike. It’s something that Government termed as illegal because the conditions of it were not substantiated.

“The call from TAZARA management to the workers was for calm and to get back to work and those people agitating for a strike to be talked to,” he said.

Meanwhile The University of Zambia Management has described as illegal and misplaced the move by the University of Zambia Lecturers and Researchers Union to go on a Go-slow.

UNZA acting Registrar Rogers Phiri has since given the UNZALARU, 24 hours to rescind its decision and stop the go-slow.

Mr. Phiri has told ZNBC News in a statement that the decision to be on go slow is not provided for in any of the provisions of the Industrial and Labour Relations Act.

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