Teachers’ unions clash again

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By Nyasha Dube

DIVISIONS have rocked teachers’ unions again as some have ordered their members to return to work,
while others remain defiant educators are still incapacitated, the Daily News reports.
This comes after the Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU), formerly the Apex Council, on Monday agreed to a 41 percent salary increment, just a week after they had rejected a 40 percent adjustment.

On top of the new increment, teachers are also entitled to a further 10 percent risk allowance. After taking all the increments into consideration, the lowest paid teacher will now earn $18 400 monthly and the government also promised to pay them their annual bonuses.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said the increment was not enough.

“Teachers have said that they remain incapacitated, so the increment they were given can only allow
them to come to work two days a week,” he said. On the other hand, the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta), the largest teachers’ union, advised all its members to return to work.

Zimta national secretary-general Tapson Nganunu said they expected to see most of their members reporting back to work soon, especially those that reside near the schools where they work.

But the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union president Obert Masaraure said their members were
not going back to work.

 

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