Artuz plans virtual protests over teachers’ poor salaries

By Donald Nyandoro

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) is planning a virtual protest after their scheduled demonstration slated for June 16 was disrupted by the announced new Covid-19 measures, they described as “politically motivated”.

Artuz made the announcement on their microblogging site, Twitter today.

Artuz has been mobilising its members and sister groupings to protest against poor working conditions, remuneration, incapacitation and other ills blighting the country’s education sector.

“The politically motivated lockdown scuttled our planned 16 June protests to #SaveOurEducationZw. We will be taking the protests to online platforms,” the union said.

Artuz had previously indicated that they had identified the Mbuya Nehanda statue site as the meeting point for their planned protest.

“The statue of Mbuya Nehanda was finally erected in Harare. We hope the state will allow us to visit the site and draw inspiration as we fight against modern day exploitation. Union will be deploying comrades to the site to draw inspiration as we prepare for fresh protests for USD salaries,” Artuz said.

Zimbabwe National Students Union (Zinasu) had registered interest to join the June 16 demonstrations.

“In commemorating The Day of the African Child (June 16), this year we will work with Artuz in asserting our right to accessible and affordable quality education in #SaveOurEducationZw and #ReclaimingOurFuture,” Zinasu said on Twitter account.

Vice President and Health minister, Constantino Chiwenga announced the new lockdown measures over the weekend banning all gatherings except for funerals to curb the surge of Covid-19.

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