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WORKERS at beleaguered parastatal the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (Zupco) besieged the company’s head office on Wednesday demanding their salaries, business digest has established.

The workers received only half of their March salaries and are yet to receive their April and May salaries.

The employees’ anger was further stoked when they learnt that their colleagues based at the Bulawayo branch had received their March salaries in full prompting accusations of favouritism, sources said.

They demanded that management come out to address them on the issue of salaries as well as scrapped allowances, but Zupco management, sources said, refused to address the workers preferring to speak to the workers’ committee instead.

“In the meeting with the workers’ committee, management made a commitment to pay the remaining half of their March salaries by Wednesday,” said a source.

The workers were so incensed that they had intended to go on strike yesterday. However, they backed down after the chairman of the workers’ committee warned that this would be illegal as they had not given the mandatory two week notice before going on the job action.

Zupco, sources said, have fired several senior employees including the human resources manager.

Financial troubles at the public transport company have been so severe that in March the company made a decision to send workers on unpaid leave for three months.

Maternity leave, sources say, had also been converted into unpaid leave.

The decision was only rescinded after angry protests by workers and the intervention of the trade union for transport.

Workers have accused management and the board of gross mismanagement.

They expressed shock that at a time when management has lagged behind in paying them their wages, they were employing more people evidenced by the aertising for a company secretary in the local press recently.

Zupco has since declined to comment on the problems acurrently dogging it.

Source : Zimbabwe Independent

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