PTUZ takes salary dispute to principals

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The Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has taken its fight for better remuneration to the three principals in the shaky inclusive government.

PTUZ secretary-general Raymond Majongwe yesterday said they had petitioned President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara to consider their concerns.

Part of the letter addressed to the three principals reads: “We request your good offices to urgently intervene in order to avert further disruption of the school term and disadvantage innocent children.

We also implore you to find space from your very busy schedules and meet leaders of unions in the public service. We believe dialogue has potential to resolve the current impasse.”

Last week, civil servants’ representative body, the Apex Council, held a meeting with Public Service minister Lucia Matibenga and gave her five days to consult with her colleagues in the government and return to them with a response.

But, Majongwe said nothing appeared to have materialised.

“We cannot have a situation where trade unions are the ones pleading with the government. The government should actually be pleading with us. We need other comrades to work with us so that we speak with one voice to stop giving them the platform to continue giving us false promises,” said Majongwe.