The government must pay the teachers reasonable salaries so that they can go back to work

The Zimbabwe Teachers & # 39; Association (ZIMTA) and the Progressive Teachers & # 39; Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) are facing government issues regarding teacher salaries and “incapacity for work” as teachers are not in the classroom. They have asked the government to improve their financial offerings for teachers to encourage them to return to work.

Explanation of the salaries

According to ZIMTA, the Secretary of the Public Service Commission allegedly posted a statement on social media regarding teachers' remuneration.

ZIMTA President Richard Gundane has stressed that his union can neither confirm nor deny the authenticity of the government official's statement.

However, he was referring to the statement "as a public stance of the author with the intention of refuting and rejecting the salaries of educators". Regarding the negotiations on teachers' salaries, Gundane said the "secretary's statement does not reflect new developments, but confirms the controversial 40 percent offer that is on the table" during a recent meeting.

For Gundane, a thorough reading of the payroll numbers means that it is "the entire September salary plus the declined 40 percent offer plus a $ 75 COVID-19 allowance" . He added that the COVID-19 allowance is a "compassionate offering that is not previously pensionable, which means the real value without compassion is current salary plus 40 percent".

He stated that no teacher would earn more than ZWL 4,900 (approx. € 51) in pensionable income without an improved offer from the public authorities.

Decent salaries

ZIMTA has asked its members to continue to exert pressure on the government and to describe themselves as "incapacitated".

"Teachers need reasonable salaries to be able to work," stressed the union leader. “Teachers deserve better working conditions in order to be motivated. Teachers want to stay professional. Teachers should be paid to remove the "incapacity for work". "

"Inability to work" of teachers

The term "incapacity for work," Gundane said in a October 13 statement, "has unfortunately, and in some cases mischievously, been referred to as an" industrial impasse "," strike "or" industrial action "".

But none of these terms adequately describe the teachers' situation, he admitted. According to him, “incapacity for work” describes the economic status of an employee and is generated extrinsically. "The external environment controlled by the employer creates this hostile / unfriendly situation," he said.

Not on strike

For ZIMTA, the teachers do not strike, but are "unable to act".

The union also stressed that the following measures are not effective in getting teachers back into their classrooms:

  • Political Bigotry Threats
  • Token Incentives
  • Improper application of regulations
  • Appeal to emotional sympathies

"All of these tactics fail the sustainability and sanity tests," said Gundane. He urged ZIMTA members to “demonstrate to the nation, without fear or favor, that we want to be“ economically and financially able ”to return to our work and do what we love best, which is“ the nation to educate ”- which is the motto of the educational union. Without money we remain “incapable of acting”. "

No collective bargaining, but a sham process

PTUZ General Secretary Raymond Majongwe also noted that the government appears to give priority to different categories of workers and employees than to teachers; H. Those who work in prison, in the police or in the army. They are treated better than the teachers.

"Why is the government doing this selectively?" He asked. For him, “teachers are being purposely impoverished and we wonder why. Why do they currently refuse to engage teachers as a standalone unit, just as they do with doctors as a special interest group?

For the PTUZ the real crisis is that there is no collective bargaining.

"There is a bogus trial by the Apex Council, created in 1997, where teachers are deliberately denied the opportunity to involve the government like everyone else has," regretted Majongwe. The teachers' "incapacitation" comes from this particular front, he said.

He added that while the Consumer Council stated that teachers need 21,000 ZWL (about 221 EUR) to survive, the government has at the same time raised teachers' salaries to 12,000 ZWL (about 125 EUR).

Why are you trying to belittle teachers in front of the nation? PTUZ leader also asked. He insisted that "if the government were honest and sincere, they would at least have come up with a decent salary figure, commensurate with their own" watchdog ", the Zimbabwe Consumers' Council".

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