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Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Teachers and Lecturers
Majongwe raided...teachers to strike
in Zimbabwe Coalition
Police in Harare
raided the home of Raymond Majongwe of the Progressive
Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) to pre-empt the strike by
teachers. The officers interrogated Majongwe's wife wanting to know
the where-abouts of Majongwe and were told that he was in Mutare.
Majongwe was supposed to report to the Harare Central Police station
before 8am today.
It is disturbing
to note that the government and its surrogates are bent on derailing
efforts by progressive forces like the teachers union to demand
better salaries and working conditions. The teachers' union is calling
on all teachers to embark on a go-slow industrial action from the
31st of January to the 2nd of February 2007. The industrial action
is to press for, among other demands, better salaries and working
conditions that seem to have deteriorated over the years. If the
teachers' demands are not met within 14 days, PTUZ has announced
that teachers will embark on a full scale strike on the 5th of February
2007. The union has advised teachers not to succumb to threats and
intimidation from authorities or state security agents. In an advert
from the PTUZ, Majongwe stressed the need for teachers 'to remain
steadfast even in adversity.'
At present teachers
are earning a meager $84 200, 24 after the much talked about 300%
increment. This falls far below the Poverty Datum Line that is now
pegged at $348 000 for a family of five. The teaching fraternity
is now under disrepute due to such humiliating salaries. Most experienced
teachers have since migrated to other countries in search of greener
pastures. Quality of education in Zimbabwe over the past six years
has continued to decline and no new strategies have been implemented
to revive the industry.
Coalition seeks to remind the government that education is inalienable,
basic and democratic right that is fundamental for human development
and in this regard, it should meet the demands of the teachers before
innocent students suffer.
supporting staff strike
another disturbing note, support staff at Harare's major hospital
has downed tools demanding salaries that are in tandem with the
ever rising inflation rate and standard of living. The support staff
which includes mortuary assistants, clerks and general hands, were
shocked to receive a paltry increment ranging from $2000 to $7000
at the end of January. The staff at Harare hospital reportedly evacuated
the hospital in protest to the salaries they had received.
demands come after nurses and other hospital staff received salary
increments. A visit to the hospital depicts a sorry site as one
is hit by a heavy smell of death and decay. Yesterday, people had
no choice but to look for their dearly departed ones from the mortuary
without assistance from the morticians. The number of deceased people
in the mortuaries is higher than the carrying capacity of the morgue
owing to the sharp rise in death rate and the on going strike by
medical personnel. The Crisis Coalition continues to call on the
government to look into these strikes as a matter of urgency.
Visit the Crisis
in Zimbabwe Coalition fact
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