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BCC workers halts service delivery as they go on strike

by Staff reporter
24 Apr 2012 at 04:44hrs | Views
HUNDREDS of Bulawayo City Council workers yesterday brought service delivery to an abrupt halt as they pressed the MDC-T led local council to pay them their outstanding salaries.

The workers are demanding to be paid their outstanding salaries which the council has not paid for the past three months.

Most affected was the health department as there were no clinic staff to attend to patients at most clinics dotted around the city.

The workers drawn from across all grades, between grades one and 16, except for the management, gathered at about 8am at the Revenue Hall and Tower Block grounds where they waited to get a response about their demands from the management.

Health staff from council clinics was also seen in the crowd and patients were reportedly being turned away by security guards at the clinics as there was noone to attend to them.

A visit to some of the council premises in the afternoon showed that there was either slow or no service delivery.

Workers expressed their disgruntlement about the conduct of their employer, saying the council was not concerned about their welfare.

Another worker said she was tired of being made to wait for money that was not coming.

The Zimbabwe Urban Councils Workers' Union (ZUCWU) leaders met council management late in the afternoon but the meeting reportedly failed to produce results, prompting the union to advise its members to continue with the strike today.

The union had sent a letter spelling out workers' demands to management.

Source - TC