Teachers Demand $3 000 Monthly Salaries

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) said that its members expect the government to increase their salaries to at least $3 000.

The government gave its workers a 29 per cent cost of living adjustment early this month but the “paltry” increment has since been eroded by galloping inflation.

In an interview with the Daily News, PTUZ secretary general Raymond Majongwe said:

Our demand is very clear; we want a salary increment. They have allowed their friends to increase prices of commodities and they have also increased fuel prices. The government must not abdicate its duties.

There are no two ways about it; if this is not addressed we are headed for a collision. We want to live within the framework of survival, and for anybody to survive for a family of six, we need $3 000.

Meanwhile, chairperson of the Apex Council, Cecilia Alexander said that there is a need to revive the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF). She said:

The government must bring stability using its powers to deal with the issue of prices. Even if we are going to get $5 000 each in salaries and the market reacts, we have a problem. This is an economic crisis.

There is a need for discipline in the business sector as some are profiteering from the situation, some are even charging in US dollars yet they are paying their workers in RTGS$.

The secretary general of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA), Enock Dongo, told the Daily News that civil servants should be paid an amount equivalent to the poverty datum line.

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