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teachers call off strike: union
September 22, 2009
teachers, who went on strike over salaries at the start of the new
school term three weeks ago, returned to work on Monday after their
union called off the boycott.
called off the strike with effect from today and this morning we
saw a lot of movement of teachers going back to work," Tendai
Chikowore, president of the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA),
The union called
the strike after the unity government formed seven months ago failed
to resolve their grievances, especially over salaries. But many
teachers ignored the strike, apparently convinced that the government
had little money to offer.
the union called off the strike because they were pleased with the
progress of negotiations with the government.
we should give the discussions a chance," he said.
reason is that the strike has been politicised and some people are
trying to gain mileage by interfering with the strike," Chikowore
said without elaborating.
teachers in Zimbabwe earn 165 US dollars (114 euros) a month, but
were demanding at least 502 dollars.
other civil servants began receiving salaries in US dollars after
the formation of the unity government, but all workers receive the
same amount, regardless of experience.
once the best on the continent, have crumbled over the last decade,
with a shortages of books and other supplies while teachers have
left the job or moved overseas in search of better pay.
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