ZIMTA demands $800 for lowest paid teacher

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THE Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta) says it wants the least-paid teacher to earn at least $800 per month.

Report by Christopher Mahove

Zimta chief executive officer Sifiso Sibanda told NewsDay last week: “There have been a number of issues tabled in the past, the first of which is a Poverty Datum Line (PDL)-linked salary which we hoped to be above $800 at entry. According to us, if the lowest paid worker (in the civil service) gets $540 per month, it is possible for teachers to begin at $800, that is what is befitting of a teacher’s status,” he said.

Sibanda said the government had taken advantage of the confusion and disorganisation in the APEX Council in giving them an increment, which he said was nowhere near their demands, saying they would soon meet to come up with a new position paper.

“We are going to come up with a new position paper, in the short-term, our demands will be premised on what we have been demanding before (PDL-linked salary). The 5,3% was not negotiated. The ministry was taking advantage of our disorganisation,” he said.

Sibanda said public service unions met a few days ago and implored the APEX Council to mobilise all groups to come forward and come up with a position paper by next week.

President Robert Mugabe has repeatedly pledged to review civil servants’ salaries since he his party won a new five-year mandate last month.

43 COMMENTS

  1. Very timeous and good call. The only way diamond money can circulate back in the economy is through such salary increment. Shef has to comply.

    • @Peanuts and Sifiso- Please be honest to yourselves and tell the nation how much teachers in Angola, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi are earning..do not just benchmark on RSA..this way, people will take you seriously.

      • falcon be serious, we voted for zanupf coz we were promised a lot of money. we were told that biti did not want with the money. special votes helped biti, we were finished him coz of selfishness. so if the oldman play tricks he will regret in his lifetime like morgan and biti. we need our money coz we vote 5 times for him to win

      • Iyewo akafunda ngaabhadarwe.
        Madinga ezanu murikutadza kuverenga muchifunga kuti zvese zvichatorwa nejambanja.
        The best way to empower is to get educated and not to join Zpf

  2. The teachers deserve that kind of money and they must get it atleast the country is going to manage to get back its teachers who left the country due to unbearable salaries

  3. Plz dont anger us.Since wen talking abt trs salaries imi veZIMTA muchingotaura ma.figures atisingazopiwi.Nyararai musahumana.

  4. Ridiculous figure of 800.yu are surviving on 400,why double your demands.dai mati 20% pamwe they would consider it.Be realistic…economy is doing badly as companies continue to performe dismally

  5. ZIMTA! My foot! Barking a lot, never bites. Their provincial charman, one Zimunya used a Zimta truck to move around polling stations in mutare south where he was an independent candidate after failing on an mdc-t ticket on primaries. Was using zimta property in his personal political capacity ethical? I wonder.

  6. We have to deal with the current economic situation first be4 demanding salary increments.You must have company at heart hey people

    • we have diamond mines king.so don’t worry civil servants money comes from from marange- chiadzwa. we don’t want any excuse coz we will show someone a middle finger . we were being promised a salary above pdl

  7. Let us be realistic where do u think the govt will get that kind of money from and besides,govt expenditure is not about teacher’s salaries only.Zimta please stop raising people’s hopes for nothing.Look at what happened at the beginning of the year civil servants only got 5.3%,what makes you (ZIMTA) think govt will give teachers an increment of 100%.

    • $800 is not too much to ask, its just about the regional average. Its high time gvt restores the status of its long suffering servants. Gvt must also consider a token of appreciation for those civil servants who braved it through 2007/2008:

      • @Svikiro- How much are teachers in Mozambique and Malawi making? I bet you dont know but its fashionable to talk about the region when you mean South Africa and Botswana, yah?

  8. As much as we feel teachers deserve not less tha a PDL salary, to demand 100% increament shows that who ever is saying that is not genuine but wants to set a platform for confrontation. Show possitive maturity and leave politics out of your demands. Its like you want to fix the gorvernment Zimta.

  9. $800 is not too much to ask, its just about the regional average. Its high time gvt restores the status of its long suffering servants. Gvt must also consider a token of appreciation for those civil servants who braved it through 2007/2008:

    • @Svikiro- How can you be taken seriously when you have no clue how much the reason pays its teachers except benchmark with RSA. Be honest and tell us how much a teacher makes in Mozambique and Malawi??

  10. when civil servants were given 5.3% it was BITI’S FAULT NOW ITS ZPF GOVT, the old song hurumende haina mari yatanga. hanzi pple must have the company at heart, zvinonyadzisa izvi

  11. 800 kikiki baba vangu bonga iwe ,ko zvamakambotiza mukaenda joni kwema 10000 makadzokerei kwedu hedu ve zanu

  12. chief and king the president said that money was there but it was only biti who was refusing with it, so dont worry we have started celebrating because we got rid of biti. the president cannot lie and during his campaign he was serious. remember the mps will soon be getting $2000 and $800 the teachers are asking for is too little for a rich country like ours which does not even need the usa and britain.

  13. the teachers should first prove that they are zanu before they get that kind of a salary. by the way the president has already begged the solders to be patient with him as he tries to soft out their leaving conditions. poor solders they will still wait for another 3 or so years before he really fulfills his promise. so teachers forget it. if you try anything robert will sort you out. you are trying to be too clever.

  14. You people have got short memories! For the past four years it was inculcated in us that civil servants could not get a decent pax rise because of Biti’s intransigence. No that the stumbling block BITI is out of the way, what the heck is happening??? Promises! Promises! Promises! Lets be patrioti and keep tightening our belts!

  15. You people have got short memories! For the past four years it was inculcated in us that civil servants could not get a decent pay rise because of Biti’s intransigence. Now that the stumbling block BITI is out of the way, what the heck is happening??? Promises! Promises! Promises! Lets be patriotic and keep tightening our belts!

  16. i attended one of the old man’s rallies and he said Biti and his MDC are the stampling block for our increaments and therefore urged us to vote him in and get rid of my beloved mdc. i did so by voting in 4 different constuencies kuti timubviseka wedu Biti anzi ndiye honzero. zvino mavapoka mdhara, chitipai mari dzedu!!!!!!

    avo varikuti heee industry yakadhakwa hee wat wat, iye mdhara paaitipromisa anga asingazvizivi here?? toda mari dzedu!!!!!!!

  17. @Guqula Izenzo—i am so happy yu voted in 4 constituencies thinking that yu wud get a salary increment.its sad coz the country is broke…zimra and other areas are not bringing in any meaningful dollars into the fiscus…wait for the next election ,and believe the lies….

  18. Civil servants should be happy because Biti who was reluctant to release the money is no longer there and muchaita matumbu nema salaries. Kikiki…

  19. these claims yeeee the country has no money rabbish, where did all the money for printing all that election regalia come from amasela lawa alitshontshi nje. give workers proper salaries no excuse

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