ARTUZ’s first newsletter of 2022 reflects on the union’s 2021 activities and also gives us a glimpse into what’s in store for 2022. Read on to get detailed highlights!
ARTUZ Unveils #SaveOurEducationZW Campaign
The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) will mobilise citizens under the banner #SaveOurEducationZW campaign to pile pressure on the government to meet teacher salary demands. ARTUZ has announced that educators will not return to work when schools reopen for the first term until the government restores the preOctober 2018 United States dollar salaries. “At the close of the year teachers were earning as little as ZWL $18 000 at a time when the Poverty Datum Line was pegged at almost ZWL$60 000. “Only those with cold hearts would expect teachers to report for duty under these circumstances. Teachers are leaving the country and the profession in droves because of underpayment,” ARTUZ president Obert Masaraure said. Government has postponed the reopening of schools for the rest of the classes by a further two weeks.
ARTUZ Scored Big in 2021
The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) scored big in 2021, registering growth while giving the government sleepless nights in various campaigns. This is contained in ARTUZ’s summary of activities for 2021 under the unions’ membership servicing, capacity building, information and networking and lobbying and advocacy strategic pillars. “The year 2021 saw Amalgamated Rural Teachers union of Zimbabwe, ARTUZ, budding to become a force that is now giving government sleepless nights,” the report reads in part. “The Union is rapidly swelling its membership, building resilient networks, keeping the government on its toes through consistent advocacy and further developing its internal capacity to enhance efficiency.”
Read the full newsletter here (318KB PDF)