Teachers threaten strike over bonuses

HARARE - Teachers have demanded a meeting with the government to discuss the on-going confusion surrounding bonuses, threatening to embark on a nationwide strike next month if they are not paid.

Militant Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), said in a statement that it wants a meeting with its employer even on Christmas Day (tomorrow) to iron out the bonus issue.

“Owing to the confusion surrounding issues on bonus, the PTUZ is demanding an urgent meeting with the government.

“It is important that government seriously consider the plight of hard working civil servants and pay their bonus forthwith.

“It is very sad that government has preferred to remain silent after paying a section of its workforce way back in November,” the organisation said.

“If they are serious, we demand that the Apex Council convenes a meeting even on Christmas Day.

“We also demand an urgent National Joint Negotiating Council meeting in order to chart an acceptable way forward.

“Can you imagine, we are getting to January and the 2015 salary scales have not been discussed.”

Expelled deputy Labour minister Tongai Muzenda said last week that civil servants would get their 13th cheque early January.

However, PTUZ said Muzenda’s statement was not convincing enough.

“Before being fired deputy minister of Labour Tongai Muzenda was in the media suggesting that bonuses will be paid a week into 2015.

“That statement creates its own set of challenges — was Muzenda speaking on behalf of the government?

“Where was he deriving the mandate? Was that the official government statement,” said PTUZ.

The organisation warned that if government did not address their plight, its members would embark on a strike next month.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the PTUZ has taken a decision that teachers would not report for duty for 2015 unless the outstanding issues of 2014 are addressed including that of bonuses.

“Teachers are not going to accept any excuse for failure to pay bonuses forthwith,” said PTUZ.

Another teachers’ body, Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) said it was disappointed that government failed to pay the 13th cheque this month.

“Zimta is disturbed by the failure to pay educators their 2014 bonus this December as promised by government,” said Zimta.

“Zimta is further alarmed by the employer’s failure to advise workers on the non-payment of bonuses together with the December 2014 salaries as has been the norm.”

Comments (6)

What is left is to hear that teachers are going for months without pay being as docile as they are.Mugabe is an insult to our profession.

Takarubva - 26 December 2014

What is left is to hear that teachers are going for months without pay being as docile as they are.Mugabe is an insult to our profession.

Takarubva - 26 December 2014

zimbabwe is the wrong country for chicken hearted teachers. no bonus no school for 2015!!

revolutionary - 26 December 2014

Please tell me when ZPF have ever been concerned about the plight of anyone. They have gotten away with literal murder and abuse of an entire nation because we have not stood up and said Zvakwana! Zvakwana! And neither have the region, the continent or the international community. (SADC/AU/EU/UN/ SA et al) Each and every one is guilty of prolonging ZPF's terrible abuse, oppressive rule, human rights abuses, genocide and much, much more. A party that treats its own like the just past debacle is not worthy of one iota of trust. Plain and simple.

Freedom4Zim - 27 December 2014

Jobs is what we want!

Goal Worth Global Network Employment Agency - 27 December 2014

And what about the doctors ?

snave - 28 December 2014

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