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Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Teachers and Lecturers
call off strike
February 23, 2007
HARARE – Zimbabwean
teachers yesterday called off a strike for more pay after the government,
fearing a national revolt, agreed to hike their salaries by 600
salary for a qualified teacher is now pegged at $528 000 per month
without transport and housing allowances. The lowest paid teacher
was getting $84 000 a month.
The Civil Service
Staff Association Apex Council chairperson, Tendai Chikowore, yesterday
confirmed that the council had called off the strike, which it announced
servants, including teachers should now go back to work. We have
come to an agreement with the government,” said Chikowore.
The entry salary
for other civil servants could not be verified by the time of going
to the press, with Chikowore insisting that “salaries are confidential”.
The Apex council
represents all government employees numbering 180 000 but does not
represent state doctors who remain on strike for more pay and better
Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary general, Raymond
Majongwe, also confirmed that the industrial action had been called
off. He said the lowest paid teacher would earn $528 000 a month.
“Yes, it’s correct.
We have called off the strike because the government has agreed
to give us the salaries that we were demanding,” said Majongwe,
noting that agreement was still to be reached on allowances teachers
yesterday said the government quickly agreed to the teachers’ demands
fearing the teachers’ strike could spread to other state departments
and could easily turn into mass revolt to unseat it from power.
comes barely two days after the police and supporters of the Movement
for Democratic Change (MDC) clashed in Harare leaving several people
and police officers injured.
Constitutional Assembly (NCA) chairman Lovemore Madhuku said
the government feared a collective revolt by teachers, civil servants
and opposition supporters.
“It’s a political
survival strategy by Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwean President). He knows
people are angry and pleasing them would keep him in power for sometime,”
said Madhuku, who has led several demonstrations against the government
demanding a new and democratic constitution for Zimbabwe. - ZimOnline
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