Teachers’ unions grouped under the banner of the Federation of Teachers’ Unions of Zimbabwe (FOZEU) have said the outcome of the National Joint Bargaining Council (NJNC) is an indication that the government is not serious about relates to the well-being of public servants.
In a statement announcing a week-long strike, FOZEU called on the government to respond seriously to their grievances.
“This note serves to confirm that members of the Federation of Teachers Unions of Zimbabwe (FOZEU), namely ARTUZ, EUZ, PTUZ and PEUZ will not be able to report for work from 20th June until 24th June 2022 .
“It is clear from the results of the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) held on June 17, 2022 that the government does not take the welfare of public servants seriously. We cannot continue to be an embarrassment to our community because of the poverty that the government says should continue to be part of our working lives.
“We demand that in the week when our members will not report to work, the government take the time to address our grievances with the seriousness they deserve so that the term can be carried out in peace,” reads the statement. communicated.
FOZEU’s announcement comes at a time when the government announced a 100% salary increase for civil servants effective July 1, 2022, while continuing to receive the $175 allowances introduced last year.
The increase would see the lowest paid civil servant earn around ZW$36,000 compared to ZW$18,000, the workers flatly rejected the increase saying it has already been eroded by inflation.
Teachers are demanding a salary increase of up to US$540 per month, but the government says it cannot afford to pay teachers’ salaries in US dollars, arguing that economic development can only happen if the country uses its own currency.