In an interview with The Chronicle, Zimbabwe Teachers’ Union (Zimta) chief-executive officer Mr Sifiso Ndlovu said teachers’ unions will go on strike at the beginning of the second term in May if Government does not review their salaries and other pending issues such as the vacation leave issue.
We met as educator unions. There are nine teachers’ unions in Zimbabwe and today six of them met. And those who met resolved that they are going to be tabling their grievances to Government with a view that they’re going to be reviewed immediately and before the 9th of May. You know the salary has not been reviewed since 2013 and then the leave issue, we are taking this back to the Ministry and Government to say that they must give us our leave regardless of whether the matter is still in the courts or not. And then the rural allowance. You know a Government officer will go to sleep in the bush and get $40 per night but somebody works there and they get less than $15 for a whole month. You can see how unjust it is.
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Ndlovu also said they want a guarantee that teachers will not be victimised during elections. Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) Secretary General, Dr Takavafira Zhou, said they are giving Government a month’s notice before embarking on a strike.