Teachers irked by soldiers salary hike

THE Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) yesterday expressed dismay over what they called discriminatory practices by government after soldiers were awarded a 22,5% salary hike and police officers a 20% adjustment when teachers only received a 17% increase.

by VENERANDA LANGA

PTUZ secretary general Raymond Majongwe said he had already sent a letter to the President’s Office complaining about the discriminatory practice, adding there was no justification as to why government would treat its employees differently.

“We are very disappointed at what has happened because it is unfair that they have created a three tier government where they chose soldiers and the police and treated other civil servants like teachers as the least of all,” Majongwe said.

“Teachers were only given 17% while others were given 22%, but I am not saying that soldiers do not deserve 22% — in fact they deserve more given their living conditions. What I am against is the discrimination.”

Majongwe blasted the Apex Council which negotiates on behalf of government employees, saying that they were more interested in self-aggrandisement than standing for the rights of the workers. He said they were not doing enough to negotiate for civil servants.

The PTUZ letter sent to Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring Government Programmes described the salary discrepancies as “unjustified, unfair labour practices”.

“We note as teachers that our cause has been betrayed by the bogus collective bargaining entity called National Joint Negotiating Council where the workers side is seriously compromised. Senior managers in education get far less than their equivalent in other ministries. The differences are just too glaring to ignore and as a union we believe such discrepancies are not only unacceptable, but scandalous,” the letter to Mumbengegwi read.

Majongwe said they will be expecting a response from government as soon as possible to deal with the disgruntled teachers.

“We know that this package to soldiers and police is meant to send a certain signal. The problem is that we are dealing with a government which is trying to campaign and on the other hand to stabilise things,” he said.

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4 Comments

  1. kid marongorongo

    majongwe wakutorwara iwe, chauri kuchema apa ndechipi, uri teacher here iwe, uri kumhanya mberi kwegovernment ndiwe wakambova employer here nhai majongwe, im sure the government knows where it differs usada kuita dzungu iwe, you dont know how teachers, soldiers or police work unless you were once employed by all these organisations usada kukura musoro iwe.

  2. marcus serelius

    This is what happens when you spoil your children and give them free handouts for nothing…Everyone wants freebies and at the end of the day the economy suffers. Same things with there useless chiefs, youth leagues, war vets. This is the monster ZANU has created…

  3. masoja ngaapihwe mari shaaamaz kana zvakusvota huya kutraining uone kuti hazvina kuchipa

  4. I applaud the gvt for the salary increase but urge it not to forget the pensioners as they also toiled for years in the employ of gvt.

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