The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has been castigated by other Unions for dabbling into partisan politics and becoming an appendage of the MDC led by Nelson Chamisa.
The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Union (ZIMTA) recently announced that is was pulling out of the Union because the ZCTU has lost its way.
It has now been revealed that militant teachers’ union, the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, (PTUZ) withdrew from the ZCTU in 2012.
Responding to Zimlive editor Mduduzi Mathuthu who had asked if PTUZ was pulling out of ZCTU as ZIMTA has just done, PTUZ secretary general Raymond Majongwe had this to say:
We left ZCTU in 2012 after falling out with Cdes there. I may not say more than that. We were the 2nd Civil Service Union to join ZCTU after CSEA. But joining a union has nothing to do with ZCTU politics.
Meanwhile, Majongwe has warned the government that teachers will down tools soon if the issue of their remuneration is not addressed. He said:
Teachers are bitter and angry. Salaries earned on Friday have been totally wiped out.
I see work stoppages on the horizon. Up to now Public Service Commission and the government pretend they cannot see the suffering of the workers.
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Raymond Majongwe is the Secretary-General of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ). Read More About Raymond Majongwe
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
Mduduzi Mathuthu is a journalist and entreprener in Zimbabwe. He is the founder of popular news website ZimLive.com which he runs. He is also the founder of Zimbabwean UK-based online publication, NewZimbabwe.com which he is not involved with anymore. Before starting ZimLive.com Mathuthu was the... Read More About Mduduzi Mathuthu