Smiles have returned to TAZARA workers who yesterday started receiving their five months salary arrears after Government released K18 million.
Crews and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CAWUZ) president Bevies Silumbwe and TAZARA public relation officer Ernest Mwape confirmed this separately.
When the salary arrears hit various accounts of the striking workers their union leaders immediately announced the resumption of duty.
“Workers have off their strike. This is when they started receiving their money,” Mr Silumbwe said.
Mr Silumbwe however urged the Ministry of Transport, Works and supply to make changes to management of the railway authority.
He accused the current management of being lacking effective programmes to generate profits.
Mr Silumbe said government should be prepared to invest in TAZARA to achieve the desired results. And TAZARA management yesterday announced the resumption the train service.
“We take this opportunity to confirm that the Tanzania Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) unionised workers in Zambia who have been on strike since 22 July 2014 have called off the strike following the release of funds by the Government of Zambia for the five months’ salary arrears, which was the subject of the strike.
“In view of the normalisation of operations in the Zambia region, the TAZARA Mukuba passenger train shall resume operations from New Kapiri Mposhi to Nakonde today, Friday 8th August 2014,” the statement read.