Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) is planning protests countrywide to push the government to improve teachers’ salaries.
ARTUZ president, Obert Masaraure, revealed that his union is mulling staging decentralised street protests. He said:
We are preparing for decentralised street protests which will be held in all provinces.
Our salaries are not taking us anywhere. The payday is now a non-event. We are now living like paupers and cannot afford basic needs and we have completely lost our dignity.
Teachers and other civil servants were last month awarded between 60 to 70 per cent pay rise which has since been eroded by surging inflation which is now at 300% according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).