The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) and the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) are divided on how to handle their wage dispute with the government.
On one hand, ARTUZ insists that its members should not report for duty until the government agrees to pay salaries in US dollars while on the other hand, PTUZ is encouraging its members to report to work only twice a week until the government resolves their grievances.
This emerged on Tuesday morning when the two unions held a joint press conference in Harare. ARTUZ president Obert Masaraure, who led a brave 275KM march for better wages with his colleagues in December, said:
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Rural teachers will not report for duty until the government decides to address our grievances.
However, PTUZ secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said teachers will only be able to report for duty two days per week due to poor remuneration and the high cost of living. Said Majongwe:
Teachers will only report for duty twice a week; just as the government approved nurses to do so, they should also approve teachers to report for duty twice a week no matter which day.
The government is under siege from its workers as they are demanding an adjustment on their salaries. The Apex council; has threatened a full-blown strike of the government fails to meet its demands.