Fear grips NRZ workers

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GWERU — National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) workers in the city say they are not able to air their grievances freely whenever their bosses visit them because they fear victimisation.

The workers, who spoke on the sidelines of a visit by NRZ general manager Air Commodore Mike Karakadzai on Tuesday, said they wanted management to address the issue of outstanding salaries first before discussing any other matters affecting the ailing parastatal.

But they said the militarisation of the parastatal had made it difficult for them to engage their bosses on labour issues whenever they visit their stations.

“This is a militarised organisation, my friend, and if I am seen talking to you I am not sure what will become of me,” said one worker.

“We have spies from the CIO and the army in the company and nobody is sure of the next person,” said another employee before hurriedly walking away.

NRZ public relations manager Fanuel Masikati said they were on a nationwide tour of the railway utility as well as briefing employees and clients about the parastatal’s performance.

He promised a Press conference after their visit to Masvingo to address the issues raised by the workers.

NRZ workers embarked on a nationwide strike in September last year pressing for payment of their outstanding salaries.

Most of the workers are still to be paid last November’s salaries with some saying the money started trickling into their accounts this month.