Teachers Unions are seething with anger over the government’s decision to award civil servants a $400 million salary raise or cost of living adjustment (COLA) across the board.
The salary adjustments translate to about $120 per individual according to the Unions. In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said:
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Our reaction is very simple, the government is taking us for granted, they are slow in reacting, they are failing to understand the basics that their workers must be motivated to produce better services.
There can never be good service delivery where 95 per cent of the workers are disgruntled.
As far as we are concerned, without giving us a 100 per cent salary increment, there is nothing that they are talking about, it is just a joke. They are just talking and not tackling our problems.
Our members will decide on what action to take. But I can never rule out anything during the second term. These people (government) are not taking their workers seriously. The workers are angry.
The COLA was announced by Sekai Nzenza and Mthuli Ncube, the Ministers of Public service and Finance respectively. The salary adjustment is with effect from April 1, 2019.
The 'Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) is a trade union representing over 15,000 teachers and lecturers in state and private schools and colleges. The formation of the PTUZ is a direct reaction to the unfulfilled promises communicated to the masses by Zimbabwe’s liberation movements... Read More About Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe
Professor Mthuli Ncube is the Minister of Finance and Economic Development. He was the Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank, financial, economics, investment, and public policy expert, entrepreneur and academic. Professor Ncube divides his time between the private sector in Switzerland... Read More About Mthuli Ncube
Sekai Nzenza is the current Minister of Industry and Commerce in the Government of Zimbabwe. She is also a writer and an international development consultant specialising in NGO accountability, health, microenterprise and human rights. She was born in rural Zimbabwe and trained as a nurse... Read More About Sekai Nzenza