Some unions representing teachers have revised their salary demands from US$500 basic salary to US$360 per month after a meeting with President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday.
Another round of stakeholder meetings is lined up, with the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) scheduled to convene next week.
An internal memo seen by ZTN gives the strongest indication that they are angling for at least US$360 per month.
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Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) chief executive Sifiso Ndlovu expressed confidence that Government will improve on its previous offer of a 40 per cent increment. He said:
We are expecting significant movement. We need to urgently address the issue of opening of schools.
We must allow educators to go and do what they love best, which is teaching. The children are longing to learn.
So, we are expecting something that will bring about that transformation. We hope there will be a meeting of minds.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima confirmed that Government will table an improved offer at the next NJNC meeting. Said Mavima:
There is going to be a new Government position, but we cannot give details as yet. I am glad that the meeting is now taking place and I hope that Government and civil servants will find common ground.
Teachers have stayed away from classrooms since schools reopened in late September pleading “incapacitation”.
Though undeclared, their failure to report for duty has widely been viewed as a strike and there are concerns that it has already jeopardised learners’ future, with public examinations only one month away.