We have received an overwhelming response from the teachers in all the provinces of Zimbabwe. There is an escalation in the rate of the participation in the industrial action that was called for by ARTUZ with other Unions and independent teachers joining the struggle. On that note we would like to thank all the teachers who are joining the struggle for there is power in numbers and we urge all the teachers to join the fight for a better living wage.

Statistically almost all the districts have heeded the call for the job action and we expect an increase in the number of teachers in this struggle for a decent living wage. We have managed to gather the data on the levels of teacher participation from our Union leaders in their respective districts. We have crafted the pie chart below to show the response of teachers. 31 242 Teachers participated.

The above statistical illustration depicts a positive progression of our fight for a living wage and we are hoping that the employer will respond to our call by improving our salaries. We also appreciate the action being taken by other organizations such as the APEX council, Zimbabwe postal workers and Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association.  On this note we would like to urge the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, ZCTU to call for a national job action to apply pressure on the government to respond to the message we are conveying to the employer.

We demand interbank rate indexed salaries and resignation/firing of Mthuli Ncube as Finance Minister.

We will be setting up Poverty Camps across the country as we unite the working class against austerity.

Source: Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ)

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