In separate interview with Daily News, Progressive Teacher’s Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) condemned Primary and Secondary Education minister Paul Mavima who recently said government cannot increase teachers’ salaries.
PTUZ secretary-general Ray Majongwe said Mavima cannot make such proclamations because he is not their employer. Said Majongwe:
For the record, the issue of salaries is under the purview of the employer, that is the Public Service Commission. How then can someone who is head of a ministry suddenly become the employer? This baffles logic and common sense. Mavhima is on record that he is not the employer but has suddenly become one. The issue of salaries is a product of collective bargaining as is provided for by the law. Even the employer cannot unilaterally make such dangerous declarations.
Zimta secretary-general Tapson Nganunu Sibanda said the minister of Labour and Social Welfare should review salaries considering the price increases since the presentation of the Monetary and Fiscal policies by both the RBZ governor and the minister of Finance on October 1, 2018.
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