Lupane State University’s workers have joined other University workers in embarking on go slow as the cost of living further goes up.
In separate letters, workers at the University of Zimbabwe and Midlands State University announced that starting Monday next week, they will no longer be able to report for work on a daily basis.
Lupane staff has also in a letter addressed to the Registrar copied to the Vice Chancellor and other members of the senior management expressed its intentions to also stop reporting for work starting next week. Read the full text below.
As staff of Lupane State University we note with great concern the continued deterioration of the economic situation in the country and the concomitant erosion of value of staff salaries. Staff salaries have fallen by a factor of ten since the introduction of the RTGS$ and they continue to plummet. Given the current economic state of affairs, the University staff members are failing to subsist on current salaries.
We therefore wish to notify you that we are financially incapacitated and are as such unable to discharge our contractual duties to the best of our abilities. With effect from Monday the 24th of June 2019 staff may not be able to report for work on a daily basis. In pursuance of the spirit of unity and teamwork, the Workers Committee puts forward the following suggestions as a way to ease the burden on University Staff and to minimise the disruption of the smooth operation of the University:
- A one day working week or free transport to and from work or a reasonable transport allowance for staff.
- Provision of lunch by the employer
- Provision of affordable accommodation (for staff at Lupane Campus)
The provision of the above will go a long way in minimising the disruption of the smooth operation of the University.
We look forward to engaging with you on the above issue.
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Lupane State University is a government owned tertiary institution located in Lupane in the Matabeleland North Province of Zimbabwe. The University is the youngest of state universities in Zimbabwe and is run under the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. Read More About Lupane State University
Midlands State University located in Gweru is a state owned tertiary institution in Zimbabwe administered by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. The University was established in 2000 and has branches in various parts of the country. Read More About Midlands State University
The University of Zimbabwe is the oldest tertiary institution in Zimbabwe that offers degrees, diplomas and certificates in various disciplines such as agriculture and law. Read More About University of Zimbabwe