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TPAWU said it tried and failed to communicate with the company’s management to find an amicable solution to the problem.

Morogoro. The Tanzania Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (TPAWU) is calling on Mvomero District Commissioner to intervene in the crisis facing Mtibwa Sugar Estate workers who were allegedly forced to write letters of resignation while under police custody.

TPAWU said it tried and failed to communicate with the company’s management to find an amicable solution to the problem.

The sugar firm and police have denied reports the workers were forced to resign.

Speaking The Citizen, TPAWU east zone secretary Nicholaus Ngowi said they had written several official letters to the company asking to meet with the management but to no avail.

“We decided to call the DC to intervene in this issue after the management refused to respond to our request,” he stressed.

He said that the company’s decision to allegedly force seven of its workers to write resignation letters under police custody was against the law and needed to be dealt with.

He said TPAWU had already communicated with DC Alhaj Mohamed Utaly to set up a meeting that would involve the company’s management.

The company is accused of forcing a group of its workers to write resignation letters while under police custody on grounds that they were initiating a strike to push for a salary increment.

The workers, together with 500 of their colleagues, threatened to strike on September 27, this year, seeking a ten percent salary increment as per contract agreement that was expected to have been honoured since August.

Contacted, Mvomero DC Utaly confirmed receiving the TPAWU request and went on to say that he had been made aware through an official letter that the workers who were forced to resign included Sudy Ntutuguru, Japhary Lugenge, Elisha Kipopele, Mathias Kindole, Tyson Gasper, Benjamin Brosso and Salumon Wahenga.

However, Mtibwa chief manager Stanley Rau said that the crisis had been resolved.

The company is alleged to have at least 2,500 employees,with at least 600 of thembeing plantation workers who took part in the strike.