As teachers, we have a culture of silence because we have been divided and excluded by the employer for a long period of time.
We have a stressed defeated mindset and that enough, made us to lose hopes, visions and dreams of a better life.
We have become a profession that is filled with *fear* and *anger* but lacks the ability to act in the present and shape our future.
It’s now time for us to stand up and speak with one voice as a noble profession and defend our dignity that has been eroded by *AUSTERITY MEASURES *.
*14 October 2019* is the day we should show the employer our common vision and unity of protecting our education system before it is totally destroyed by *slave wages* that we are forced to receive by the architectures of *AUSTERITY FOR IMPOVERISHING A TEACHER AND ENRICHING THE ELITE *.
The love of our profession should inspire us to stand up and say **NO TO SLAVE WAGES.*
*Monday 14 October 2019* is the day we should all down tools as teachers and make it a historic day of teacher freedom that shall be remembered and celebrated by the future generation of teachers.
Let’s have the courage to stand for labour justice. Let’s not be heroes in front of kids in classrooms only but let us be heroes of advocating and fighting for the improvement of our salary and working conditions.
It is neither a crime nor an act of misconduct to demand a living wage, it is our constitutional right to demand a fair share from the national cake.
Nelson Mandela once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear but triumph over it, a brave man or woman is not the one who doesn’t feel afraid but the one who conquers fear.” *Monday 14 October* let’s down tools *indefinitely* fellow cde teachers
*Nation Mudzitirwa ARTUZ MAT NORTH VICE CHAIRPERSON*
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