The Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and the Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) have both threatened the government with industrial action, citing low pay and what they consider to be the government’s insensitivity towards their suffering. The teachers’ unions reportedly want the government to pay them salaries above the poverty datum line they estimate to be now above $800. PTUZ secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said
We call upon our members to fully support our initiative which will be our way of sending an unequivocal message to the employer that we are fed up, hence can’t continue like this because we have tried negotiations but the government is insensitive.
ARTUZ issued their own statement supporting the job action proposed by PTUZ. ARTUZ said
Artuz and other revolutionary teachers will embark on the second phase of our planned job actions this week on the 8th and 9th of November; we are once again withdrawing our labour in protest against underpayment.
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