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.
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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.