Unions sue TAZARA

TWO trade unions have sued Tanzania Zambia Railways (TAZARA) in the Lusaka High Court for failing to implement a revised exchange rate for TAZARA workers’ salaries which has resulted in lower pay.

The TAZARA management and the two trade unions signed an agreement to adjust the exchange rate from 1,500 to 1,624 Shillings for workers in Tanzania and K4, 747 to 5,910 (unrebased) for workers in Zambia which was equivalent to US$1.

Workers Union of Tazara (WATUZ) General Secretary, Africa Mkandawire and Crews Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CRAWUZ) General Secretary Frank Katunyi stated that failure by TAZARA to implement the revised exchange rates had made the two trade unions to suffer losses.

The two Unions are also claiming that TAZARA pays their workers all their arrears and a declaration that the issue of parity ratio should be reviewed again because the Kwacha had devalued.The unions are also claiming costs and interests  The two Unions and TAZARA are alleged to have entered into an agreement to make adjustments on the exchange rate that would be applicable to the workers’ salaries on April 29, 2014 at a meeting held at the head office in Dar Salem Tanzania.

The parties entered an agreement that the new exchange rate could be effective on May 1, 2014 but up to date TAZARA had neglected to implement the new exchange rate.

WATUZ and CRAWUZ have recognition agreements with TAZARA.