The Chronicle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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