Ordinary workers at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) have written to authorities running the country’s topmost learning institution demanding campus accommodation as well as food as a relief to high rentals and food which they say they can no longer afford.
In a letter written dated 19 June 2019, Hlavati Taderera, UZ workers committee secretary said:
We have written to your office advising you of the critical situation our staff members are facing by occasion of their salaries being eroded by high transport costs, food and rentals.
We further wrote requesting two days a week flextime, until normalcy returns, which you have not yet responded to.
The letter further notes that the employer ignored an earlier request by workers to be allowed to report for work for only two days a week. Hlavati wrote:
Having realised the criticalness of our work, we are requesting on behalf of workforce that student accommodation be used by employees, who are no longer affording transport fares to and from work.
Foodstuffs provision for supper and breakfast and we will prepare on our own, lunch is not a problem as we conforming to the government’s austerity measures.
Firewood for use whilst on campus since electricity supply is erratic these days.
UZ workers have given the university until June 21 to respond positively to their demands so as to avoid disruptions in the smooth running of the learning institution.
Recently, the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZNA) and Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) also advised that starting next week, they will be coming to work for two days a week only.
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