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Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Students
No lecturers, No lectures at the University of Zimbabwe
Moyo, Zimbabwe National Students
February 27, 2007
at the biggest state university in Zimbabwe, University
of Zimbabwe (UZ) have failed to take off following on going
strikes by academic staff and threats by non academic staff to initiate
strikes tomorrow. Other state universities around the country have
also been affected.
strikes, which come at a time when civil servants are discontent
with their remuneration, have forced the three biggest universities,
University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Midlands
State University (MSU) to delay opening as lecturers have vowed
to continue with the industrial actions until their demands are
which was supposed to have opened on the 12th of February
2007 opened its doors to students on the 26 th of February
2007. NUST had resolved to resume lectures on the 29th
of January but instead they were forced to postpone to February
12 2007 although lecturers continued their strike. MSU is scheduled
to commence lectures next week on the 5 th of March after
they failed to commence on the 5th of February 2007.
at all the institutions have vowed not to teach until the government
and their councils gave them increments. At present, they are being
awarded paltry salaries of between $200 000 and $500 000 after deductions.
Currently, the Poverty Datum Line currently stands at $566 400,
a figure which continues to surge.
other countries in the Southern region for example Botswana , lecturers
earn high salaries of no less than 10 000 pula ($9 million on the
black market). Zimbabwe 's professionals have now been turned into
beggars and paupers resulting in a massive brain drain.
were on strike for almost a month since the 21st of December
2006 demanding salaries which were at par with their job requirements
and academic qualifications. Nurses also embarked on a nationwide
strike on the 11th of January 2007 and only returned
to work after they were promised increments by the state although
they are still not fully operational.
recently, teachers ended a 17 day strike albeit their grievances
had not been met fully. They were demanding salaries that are in
tandem with the ever rising cost of living.
students will be starting their class boycott on Monday 5 March
2007 until their demands are met.
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