Dr Takavafira Zhou, the president of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe has urged teachers’ representatives to pull out of the Apex Council which he accused of “dining” with the employer at the expense of workers.
Zhou said that the Apex is inculcating false hope in workers who have for a long time now been demanding a salary increment arguing that they are now incapacitated to execute their duties and responsibilities as their salaries were eroded by the soaring inflation. Zhou said:
The Apex Council and the National Joint Negotiating Council are … used by the government to give false hope for better things to come, when in reality nothing is coming out of such romance escapades.
Sadly, Apex has been meeting the government since the first of October 2018, with no concrete results and permanent solution for workers.
He urged teachers’ organisations to emulate health workers’ representatives who pulled out of the Health Apex Council after the council continuously failed to champion their cause.
His remarks come after the Apex Council wrote to the Public Service Commission saying that government employees were now suspending their services due to incapacitation.
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