TAZARA workers on go slow

Unionized workers at the Tanzania Zambia railway authority [TAZARA] in Kapiri Mposhi have started a sit in protest following the railway company’s delay to pay them their April salaries.

The workers have not been paid their April monthly salaries.

Workers Union of TAZARA (WUTAZ] Coordinating Secretary, Josam Nkhoma confirmed the development to Zambia News and Information Services on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Nkhoma said that the failure in paying them their salaries was a result of the delay by Konkola Copper Mine –KCM-to effect payment to TAZARA for the transportation of copper to Dar-es-Salam.

TAZARA and KCM have entered into a contract to transport by cargo train.

Nkhoma attributed the delay in payment of April salaries to the mix-up by KCM in raising an invoice for transportation of copper which was issued to Zambia Railways Limited instead of TAZARA.

NKOMA said the sit in protest is only in Kapiri Mposhi while all other TAZARA stations in the country were operating normally.

He disclosed that TAZARA management from both Zambia and Tanzania are traveling to KCM Head Office to rectify the situation so that workers are paid their salaries.