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teachers to strike over salaries: union
August 28, 2009
teachers will strike next week, as schools are scheduled to re-open
after the mid-year holiday, to press for better salaries, their
union announced Friday.
have, as a last resort, resolved to proceed to withdraw labour with
effect from September 2, 2009 until demands are met," Tendai
Chikowore, president of the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA),
told journalists Friday.
the unity government formed six months ago had failed to resolve
their grievances, especially over salaries.
March 2009, lots of promises to address educators grievances by
the employer have proven to be a non-event," Chikowore said.
earn 165 US dollars (114 euros) a month, but are demanding at least
other civil servants began receiving salaries in US dollars after
the formation of the unity government, but all workers receive the
same amount, regardless of experience.
Doctors at state
hospitals went on strike for two weeks this month, also demanding
increases, but went back to work Wednesday after realising the government
simply had no money to pay them more.
once the best on the continent, have crumbled over the last decade,
with a shortages of books and other supplies while teachers have
left the job or moved overseas in search of better pay.
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