Scores of former ZUPCO employees gathered at the company’s premises in Bulawayo demanding their pension contributions amid indications that the passenger company was deducting the contributions but not remitting the funds to the insurance company that is mandated to handle such funds since 2005 to date.

The former ZUPCO employees and widows of deceased employees who camped at the company’s main gate in Bulawayo said they decided to stage the strike after all channels of communication from as far as 2010 failed to bear fruit.

The ex-workers’ spokesperson, Mr Lukas Manyika said the police granted them permission to stage the strike for three days from Monday the 29thafter which they will see other ways of displaying their disgruntlement in the event the company management continues to ignore their plight.

Some of the former workers and widows of the deceased employees who spoke to ZBC News said the company management has reduced them to beggars as they cannot find recourse after years of hard work.

As of 2010, ZUPCO owed the company’s former workers in excess of US$3.5 million in pension contributions alone and hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime and other expenses.

Efforts to get a comment from the company’s management were fruitless as the security personnel manning the company premises insisted that they were under strict instructions not to allow anyone in the company properties where they were said to be holed up.