Govt, Striking Teachers In Crunch Talks

Striking Teachers and their employer, the government of Zimbabwe will meet tomorrow to discuss and if possible find a way forward, The Sunday Mail reports.

This was revealed by the Public Service and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima who said he  wants to understand their grievances of the striking teachers ahead of the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC):

We know that they (teachers and other civil servants) have said what we have given them is not enough,” said Prof Mavima. We are at the negotiating table to discuss their demands.

On Monday (tomorrow), we will meet unions in the public service to discuss the way forward. We want to find a common ground with them. We are appealing to them (teachers) to go back to work while we negotiate with the unions. I am meeting them ahead of the National Joint Negotiating Council.

Teachers and other civil servants last week received a 40% cost of living adjustment after they cited their incapacitation. Teachers are demanding that the government matches the October 2018 salaries of between US $500 and $530.

The civil servants’ negotiations with the government collapsed last month as they could not reach an agreement and accusations of the government negotiating in bad faith flew around.

More: The Sunday Mail 

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3 comments on “Govt, Striking Teachers In Crunch Talks

  1. I think teachers are making a modest and realistic request. Government can never come across such a modest request from a restive labour force!

    1. They are still not serious bcause they repeat old stories, “go back to workas we negotiate-we want to understand your issue…” So stupid!

  2. “Minister Paul Mavima who said he wants to understand their grievances” ………………..
    Amazing comment. Surely the Minister wants to understand what????? He must be serious and not play with teacher’s lives. By now he doesnt understand? We read every word to see if there is seriousness here. How many times should we go to work while ” we negotiate with the unions” We are not children who can be fooled. Very soon you will see a shortage of teachers because of handling their issues lightly.

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