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  • Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Teachers and Lecturers

  • Statement on the arrest of PTUZ officials
    Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
    February 15, 2007

    The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions strongly condemns and deplores the arrest of Progressive Teachers' Union of Zimbabwe general secretary Raymond Majongwe and two other union officials.

    The arrests come in the wake of industrial action called for by the PTUZ to press government to award meaningful and poverty datum line linked minimum wages to teachers. The arrests are a clear abuse of human and trade union rights because teachers have the right to go on industrial action to press for improved conditions of service.

    The arrests also do not augur well in building confidence and trust in the recently touted Social Contract tenet. The arrests only serve to indicate paranoia in the government corridors.

    The least paid teacher is earning $84 000 while the poverty datum line is hovering around $566 000. This is degrading and inhumane to teachers and teachers are right in going on industrial action to demand what is rightfully theirs. As long as teachers, and other workers of Zimbabwe, including the army and police, are not earning PDL equated wages, strike action will characterize 2007.

    Labour demands the immediate and unconditional release of the PTUZ officials, and that security agencies should forthwith stop the harassment of teachers and trade unions as the fights being waged by trade unions will also stand to benefit them.

    Gideon Shoko
    Acting Secretary General

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