<vote /> Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Joram Gumbo told a conference to discuss the Zim Asset economic blueprint that government plans to fire 70% of the National Railways of Zimbabwe's workforce. The minister cited a poor business environment and the parastatal's low capacity utilisation as reasons for this decision. The National Railways of Zimbabwe owes its employees over 15 months’ unpaid salaries, amounting to a total of $87 million. The workers have been on strike since March, demanding to be paid.

At its peak, NRZ employed about 20,000 workers and moved 18 million tonnes of freight annually. The government owned company now moves less than 100,000 tonnes per week.

The parastatal also fired employees last year as a result of the 2015 Labour Ruling.

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