ARTUZ’s just published Special Bulletin covers trade union rights, highlights n the 2022 national budget as well as gender based violence. Read on for more.
Trade union rights are human rights and are protected as such by human rights treaties
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights and other agreements cover freedom of assembly and of association, workers’ rights to collective bargaining, and workers’ rights to information and consultation. By committing themselves to ensure that trade union rights can be exercised, States recognize that a free and vibrant trade union movement is a pillar of democracy and an indicator of a nation’s progressive development. By respecting freedom to form unions and bargain collectively to the workers they employ as public servants, States implement the fundamental labour standards they committed to respect through their membership to the International Labour Organisation. Providing institutional, transparent and democratic channels for negotiation to teacher unions nurtures a serene education context. Emerging issues have a forum to be addressed constructively in a legal and bi- or tripartite framework.
Gender Based Violence
Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has expressed concern over various challenges faced by female colleagues at their workstations and homes and likened their trials to Gender Based Violence(GBV). The ARTUZ made the remarks after joining the world to commemorate the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender based Violence (GBV) running from November 25 to December 10. This localised theme for this year’s commemorations is: Gender-based Violence: creating safe spaces for women.
Updates on 12-Days of Action for PreOctober 2018 salaries
Despite government denials, the 12 Days of Action paralyzed the invigilation of the examinations. Last week, most practical subjects were supposed to be written but teachers stood firm on their demand for an in invigilation allowance by not invigilating. This resulted in learners doing practicals on their own without supervision or invigilating because of the adamant stance taken by government and the Zimbabwe Schools Examinations Council (ZIMSEC). Headmasters were most affected as they had to control and supervise several writing classes of up to 60 students resulting in chaotic scenes at schools. Reports reaching ARTUZ are that some students were left with no option but to abandon their practical as they could not access examination material because there were no invigilators.
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