The Public Service Commission (PSC) is set to deduct the leave days for about 10 200 teachers who embarked on industrial action earlier this month.
The teachers took part in a week-long industrial action called for by the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA).
A statement released by the PSC reads as follows:
The Public Service Commission has noted isolated cases of abscondment by about 10 200 teachers for durations ranging from 1 to 4 days between 5 – 8 February 2019.
The Public Service Commission would like also to advise all teachers who were absent from work without authority that deductions from their leave days (of the offending individuals) using the principle of no work no pay will be affected.
The commission is treating the 10200 as first offenders and a repeat will attract more severe punishment.
ZIMTA chief executive officer, Sifiso Ndlovu said that the government should give teachers an opportunity to argue their case. He said:
It is within their purview to act as such, but it is also in the purview of the teachers to act in the manner they did. They have a right to be heard.
If their decision is just a statement, for now, let it remain one. The teachers must be found guilty first before they are penalized.