We are happy to announce that our members have managed to maintain our stance of not reporting for duty until the government heed our call for a living wage. The incapacitation of our members and the rest of teachers cannot be solved by draconian labour laws that force them to report for duty within 14 days.
As Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, (ARTUZ) we have noted that the government is not taking our salary issue with seriousness, therefore we will register our discontent to the employer through peaceful street protests, our constitutional right as workers.
We congratulate our members and other teachers for withstanding the threats of victimization by the employer.
Parents sacrifice paying school fees in full for their kids in these harsh economic times, only to be let down by a government that is deliberately failing to provide it’s mandated service like education. This act of wickedness to learners by the responsible government ministries need an urgent approach from all progressive Zimbabweans who have kids in schools to force the employer to pay a living wage to teachers.
It is time both teachers and parents unite, and question Professor Mthuli Ncube’s Transitional Stabilisation Programme Reforms Agenda, on page 270, where he lied to the citizens of Zimbabwe that his policy will prioritize the education sector in tandem with the Education Sector Strategic Plan to 2020, Sustainable Development Goal number 4 and also in line with the aspirations of the African Union on education, wherein focus is on harnessing the demographic dividend, addressing educational needs of marginalized groups ensuring that noone is left behind.
The propaganda propelled by school administrators sending wrong statistics of teachers attendence to district education offices and public service commission, pretending as if learning is taking place in schools is a sign of cruelty to innocent learners. This must stop immediately. The employer and all education stakeholders must know that, no learning is taking place in schools because teachers are highly demotivated by peanut salaries.
Source: Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ)