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Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Teachers and Lecturers
agents deployed at schools as teachers strike
February 06, 2007
HARARE – The
Zimbabwe government on Monday deployed feared state security agents
at schools in urban areas as teachers embarked on a full-fledged
strike to press for better salaries and working conditions, ZimOnline
The strike by
teachers was however said to have kicked off on a slow note in most
schools as state agents intimidated teachers to push them not to
engage in the crippling job boycott.
the secretary general of the militant Progressive
Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), which called the strike told
ZimOnline yesterday that the union was happy with the support they
encouraged by what happened today. Teachers were not teaching especially
at high schools visited by our staff but the problem is that the
Central Intelligence Organisation (state security agents) operatives
are visiting schools in a clear sign of intimidation," said
talking about 75 percent success rate and we are confident by tomorrow
(Tuesday) the success of the strike will be there for all to see,"
the PTUZ saluted all teachers who took part in the three-day go-slow
despite serious systematic threats against the PTUZ leadership and
some of our members," he added.
are among the lowest paid civil servants with most teachers earning
slightly about Z$150 000 a month, an amount way below the poverty
datum line which currently stands at Z$334 000 a month.
are demanding salaries of Z$540 000 a month and transport and housing
allowances of Z$100 000 and $150 000 each respectively. They also
want the government to exempt them from paying school fees for their
does not understand the language of negotiations. Putting faith
in negotiations will not yield desirable results. Fellow organisations
pretending to be negotiating are abusing teachers," said Majongwe.
Aeneas Chigwedere said the teachers’ strike was politically motivated
and state agents were on the ground to monitor the situation.
reports that Majongwe intended to use violence to force teachers
to join his strike. The security personnel were there (at schools)
simply to monitor these and get on the ground reports from headmasters.
is normal according to the reports we have collected. The people
who are organising this strike are known government enemies who
are funded by outside forces. We will not give in to their demands
and I urge teachers to ignore Majongwe and his gang," said
Strikes by teachers
and university lecturers over low pay and working conditions are
common in Zimbabwe which is in its seventh year of a bitter economic
recession most critics blame on President Robert Mugabe’s policies.
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