A teacher’s Union says that teachers now earn an equivalent of $100 as the value of the local currencies (RTGS and Bond) lost value against the United States dollar in the last two months.
The Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) says that the parallel market rate has eroded the purchasing power of salaries earned by teachers. Speaking to The Standard, ARTUZ said
The sad reality is that things have become worse in 2018. Our salaries have been stolen from us by the new hangman in town, Professor Mthuli Ncube.
We are now earning just US$120 from US$500 in January 2018. The teacher has sunk deeper on the poverty index.
We can no longer afford food, shelter, health care and all the basic needs apt for humans.
Our humanity has been stolen! We are treated worse than dogs and expected to work harder than horses.
The government has also imposed a brutal tax regime to further extort us of the little that remains of our pathetic salaries.
The 2% tax on all electronic transactions further reduces our salaries to just above US$100.
To rub salt to our injury (sic), Ncube slashed our annual bonus from an average of $500 to a pitiable $289. These people will not stop at anything, their agenda is to rob us of the little dignity we still have.
Austerity measures are not new to Zimbabwe; we are all conversant of (the Economic Structural Adjustment Programme) Esap, of the early 90s. Austerity did not work then and will not work now. The only thing, which was achieved by Esap was to deny citizens of basic social services.
The challenges confronting us are insurmountable, but we have demonstrated an unrivalled fighting spirit worth celebrating. Our resolve to fight injustice is unshaken.