Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA), the country’s largest teachers’ body has appealed to the government to accommodate workers who were on strike over measly salaries.
This comes after workers and the employer have finally agreed on a salary rise which will see lowest-paid government employee receiving $2500 a month and the highest-earning $4 631 from $1 885 with effect from next month.
ZIMTA secretary-general, Tapson Sibanda on Wednesday said that the teachers welcomed the outcome and appealed to all members to return to work with immediate effect. Sibanda said:
We appeal to our members to do everything possible to deliver the public services required of them.
We further encourage authorities to accommodate our members who were unable to deliver lessons due to their incapacitation state to assist them to resume duty without sanctions or reproachment.
Some teachers have not been reporting for duty since 14 January when schools reopened for the first term of 2020 citing incapacitation.
Others reportedly went to their workplaces only to convince the employer that they were working when they were actually not.
Since last year, workers have been pushing the government to increase their salaries saying the soaring inflation had eroded their current ones thereby incapacitating them to execute their duties and responsibilities.
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