Teachers have spoken out against the decision by Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Paul Mavima to rule the possibility of a salary increase for teachers. The teachers argue that Mavima is not their employer and should not be making unilateral decisions. Progressive Teacher’s Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary-general Ray Majongwe said,
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.
Mavima had said that the government cannot afford a salary increase for teachers because it has too many commitments.
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