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Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Teachers and Lecturers
on collective job action to press for better conditions of service
Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ)
January 31, 2007
National Executive Committee (N.E.C) of the Progressive Teachers
Union of Zimbabwe has been mandated by teachers in Zimbabwe to organize
and call for an industrial action to press for better salaries and
working conditions. The decision is a culmination of consultative
meetings with members and non-members.
role of teachers during the industrial action
must remain focused on the struggle. We must never allow petty
differences between teachers’ organizations to take precedence
at a time when we need each other most. Never buy into the agenda
of political parties.
need to remain steadfast even in adversity. Threats and intimidation
are imminent and will certainly come from school heads, DEOs,
PEDs, state security agencies, non-statutory paramilitary groups,
public service inspectors and politicians. We instruct you to
ignore such threats and get in touch with the Union. Your family
needs money, food and care. You cannot take threats and fear
to your children and spouse.
role of PTUZ in the industrial action
industrial action is for all teachers, PTUZ members and non-members
alike. PTUZ does not seek to monopolize the teachers’ struggle.
We have informed other Unions in the Education sector of this
- The Union
will communicate to you through its structures.
- PTUZ will
direct the industrial action on daily basis.
- PTUZ will
offer legal protection to victimized teachers.
methodology of the collective job action
31st January, 2007 to 2 February, 2007, teachers are
directed to embark on a go-slow while we extend an olive branch
to the government to engage us. This will come after the expiry
of the 14 day notice given to the PSC. The notice expires on 30th
Government snubs our magnanimous gesture a full throttle strike
shall commence on 5th February, 2007. Teachers are hereby
directed to sit in the staff-rooms. This will allow for self monitoring
and easier dissemination of information. It will also help expose
enemies and sell –outs of the struggle.
not stay-away. We must emphasize that this collective action will
not end until our demands are met.
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