Full Text: May Salaries A Mockery Of Teaching Profession – Rural Teachers

Teachers’ May salaries a mockery of our profession.

20-05-2019

The free fall of the RTGS dollar against the United States dollar has wiped out the value of Teachers’ salaries. Teachers are now earning below US$80 per month.

The Finance Minister Prof Mthuli continue to mislead the country by claiming that he has instituted measures to stabilize prices of goods and services. The lying professor further posits that workers’ salaries should not be negotiated in US dollar terms.

Injecting funds in the market for price stabilisation is an unsustainable attempt to arrest our economic challenges. The long term solution is hinged on stimulating production, nothing more nothing less.

Salary negotiations will continue revolving around the value of the RTGS vis-à-vis the US dollar as long as we continue to heavily rely on imports. Prices of basic goods and services are pegged against the USD, it will be naive for organized labour to ignore this reality.

Teachers are now worse off compared to someone on government welfare in South Africa.

Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, demands a minimum of US$ 500 per month. This falls short of the USD 600 proposed by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions’ General Council on 23 March.

We are demanding less because we understand the economic challenges confronting our country.

We have given our government up to the 3rd of June 2019 to pay us a living wage. If the government fails to deliver by then we will be forced to withdraw our labour.

We call upon the teachers of Zimbabwe to prepare for this historic protest. Our employer used the ” No work no pay” principle against us in February.

It follows now that we are no longer being paid we can’t be seen working. No pay no work, simple.

We warn the government to stop victimising our membership, they should rather focus on curbing corruption and solving the economic crisis.

We demand a living wage!

ARTUZ making teaching beautiful!

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ARTUZZimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), formerly Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, is a teachers' trade union focused on the needs of teachers employed in the rural areas in Zimbabwe. It was founded in 2009 and launched officially in Harare on the 12th... Read More About ARTUZ

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions is the country's biggest worker representative with most of its members in different sectors of industry in Zimbabwe. It has special interests in labour activism and this has resulted in it being linked to opposition political parties particularly the... Read More About Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions

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