University lecturers have announced that they will be embarking on a go-slow as their salaries can no longer sustain them.
Lecturers’ salaries have drastically fallen to the equivalent of around US$200 per month given that the RTGS (dollar) continues to lose value against other currencies. This salary now fails to take any family person for a week hence we wish to notify you that we are now incapacitated.
Workers at the University of Zimbabwe have also made certain demands from their employer in a bid to cushion themselves from the rising cost of living. A notice signed by Hlabati Taderera, the worker’s committee secretary read:
Having realised the criticalness of our work, we are now requesting the following on behalf of the workforce, student accommodation be used by employees who
are no longer affording transport fares to and from work. Our members are at crossroads and we hope the above requests will be granted by June 21, 2019 to
avoid disruption of smooth running of university business.
The development comes at a time when struggling teachers have also pleaded incapacity, telling the government that they are able to report three days a week. They also threatened to totally suspend their services next if their demands are not positively addressed.
Teachers are demanding a US$200 rescue package over and above their RTGS dollar-denominated salaries as well as an upward review of the remuneration in line with the purchasing power parity.
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