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Second Zimbabwe teachers union puts weight behind national strike
Jonga Kandemiiri, Voice of America (VOA)
October 01, 2007

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The Zimbabwe Teachers Association joined the rival Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe on Monday in a nationwide strike that began in mid-September.

ZIMTA, considered by many to be aligned with the government, had issued a circular to its members last week telling them to stop teaching effective Monday until Harare met the organization's demand of a monthly base salary of Z$16 million (US$35).

The Progressive Teachers Union wants a base salary of $18 million dollars.

On Monday afternoon the government called an urgent meeting of the APEX Council, which negotiates on behalf of civil servants. Sources said late Monday that no progress had been achieved in the APEX negotiations.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe Secretary General Raymond Majongwe told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his union welcomed ZIMTA's decision to join the strike, saying he hoped it was truly committed.

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