BULAWAYO, Friday, November 1, 1991 — The go-slow by employees of the Posts and Telecommunications Corporation which started in Bulawayo on Monday has resulted in a backlog in the mails circulation branch, sources said.
Although management refused to comment, referring all questions to the PTC information department in Harare, the provincial chairman of the Zimbabwe Posts and Telecommunications Workers’ Union, Cde Clifford Nkala, confirmed that there was a backlog, but could not say how big it was.
Sources said trolleys were full of mail, including registered articles and some legal papers which needed urgent attention. The Bulawayo regional manager, Cde Willie Chanaiwa, was tight-lipped and referred all questions to the corporation’s director of information, Cde Frank Kanewunyenye, who in turn referred all questions to the union’s secretary general, Cde Gift Chimanikire.
Cde Nkala said workers were continuing with the go-slow, which started in Harare last Friday and spread to other areas on Monday and Tuesday.
Cde Chimanikire was quoted as saying the workers resolved to take industrial action because of the PTC board’s refusal to approve a collective bargaining agreement between them and management which was signed on September 16 after four months of negotiations.
The employees have threatened to go on strike if nothing was done to resolve the issue.