Teaching Under the New Dispensation: A Compilation of Violations Against Teachers for the Period December 2018 – December 2019

Background

Zimbabwe experienced a political transition in November 2017 under which the military usurped power from the long serving President Robert Mugabe. The Military handed over power to their proxy, the incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa. The new authority has militarized all spheres of our society.

The Zimbabwean Constitution produced in 2013 provides for labour rights in section 65 but the labour laws are still to be aligned to the new constitution and the government continues to violate workers’ rights with impunity.

Introduction

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, ARTUZ has been consistently fighting for inclusive access to quality education, labour justice and a democratic Zimbabwe. The ruling ZANU PF party and the State have ganged up in a desperate bid to crush the Union.

This report covers violations perpetrated by State Institutions, school administrators and ZANU PF functionaries against members of ARTUZ and other teachers. The violations documented are arbitrary arrests, abductions, torture, Intimidation, salary cessations, Union affiliation based discrimination, evictions from school accommodation. The report covers the period from December 2018 to November 2019.

The Union used an online reporting system, affected individuals submitted violations in real time. We deployed our leaders in different districts to verify violations.

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Source: Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ)