Teachers’ Unions Divided On How To Engage Government Over Underpayment

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The two major teachers’ unions in Zimbabwe, Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta) are at loggerheads on how to engage the government over their grievances. While PTUZ and ARTUZ have resolved to go on strike on Friday, Zimta seeks to engage the government through the Apex Council. PTUZ secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said

It is sad that there are some amongst us who still want to work with a captured Apex Council that no longer represents our interests as teachers otherwise there is no need for Zimta, for instance, which was at the forefront of forming Fozeu to be keen on engaging government through an institution that we dumped a long time ago.

On the other hand, Zimta is advocating for a different approach. Zimta’s secretary-general Tapson Sibanda said

It is true that we were behind Fozeu and that we think it is the best option when compared with the Apex Council but the challenge we are facing is that it is not recognised by our employer so it only makes sense (for us) to use (the Apex Council) until we register ours.

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