Rural Teachers To Go On Strike On June 3

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) said that its members will withdraw their services on June 3 in protest over what it called the withdrawal of their salaries.

The union also demanded that since the government pegged salaries in US dollars way back, the same should be adjusted in line with the current interbank market rates.

This essentially means that for instance if the current interbank market rate is 1:5, a teacher who is currently earning RTGS $600.00 should, in fact, be paid RTGS $3 000.00 per month.

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, ARTUZ said:

3 June we are withdrawing our labour because our employer withdrew our salaries way back. The No work No Pay principle also applies here, No Pay No work.

Teachers have been condemned to poverty by the greed ruling elite.

We deserve a living wage. Pay us now!!!

No going back. 3 June tools down for all teachers as we protest against slave wages. Todya marara here???

If the cabinet has approved that the prevailing interbank rate should apply to contracts denominated in US dollars before the promulgation of SI 33 0f 2019 it follows that our salaries which were negotiated in US dollars should be adjusted in line with rates. June 3 tools down.

Meanwhile, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Ndavaningi Nick Mangwana “clarified” the government’s announcement that Cabinet resolved that the prevailing interbank exchange rates should apply on contracts consummated and denominated in USD prior to the recent Monetary Policy Statement and promulgation of SI 33 of 2019.

Responding to inquirers who demanded to know if the changes apply to all contracts, Mangwana said:

This decision refers to contracts signed between the government and service providers which are denominated in USD.

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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 Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe

Ndabaningi Nick Mangwana is a politician, political analyst, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Publicity and a member of Zanu-PF. He was the chairperson of Zanu-PF U.K chapter. Mangwana was popular with his column View from the diaspora which is published in the... Read More About Nick Mangwana

Real-time Gross Settlement (RTGS) is a fund transfer system where the transfer of money takes place from one bank to any other bank on a "real time" and on a gross basis. Settlement in "real time" means a payment transaction is not subjected to any... Read More About RTGS

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