ZUPCO Bus drivers hold peaceful demonstrations

Musawenkosi Sibanda

Bus drivers at the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) staged peaceful demonstration at the Khami depot on Monday over delayed salaries and poor working conditions.

Commuters around Bulawayo were stranded in the morning as the drivers set outside the depot .

The drivers alleged that authorities at the depot are illtreating them and paying them low salaries .

One the drivers said they are subjected to long working hours, low income and poor staff welfare.

“We have problems such as long working hours as a driver i can work close to 17 hours a day and the salary that i am paid at the end of the month is an 8hr salary. None of us here have medical aid or any other social benefits for a working person”.

Another bus driver called for a review of their salaries .

“Supervisors and point monitors are ill treating drivers . Drivers are also not getting time off work and lunch hour . We also hope that by end of day we would have agreed on something tangible on our salaries which are very poor , the outcome will determine whether we continue with the strike or we get back to work”.

In August commuter omnibus drivers with the franchise staged demonstrations where it emerged that the public transporter had outstanding payments which had not been made to operators as agreed on a fortnightly basis.

ZUPCO CEO Everisto Madangwa could not respond to questions raised by our reporter as he was said to be in a meeting.

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