Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Teachers To Strike Over Unpaid Bonuses

Since most of the civil servants did not receive their 13th cheque, teachers have threatened to go on strike next week as they accuse the Government of failing to set the exact date when they will get paid .

The Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Services, Prisca Mupfumira, has promised teachers and the rest of civil servants that they will be paid their bonuses by the end of this month.

“I want to assure the teachers and the rest of civil servants that bonuses will be paid by this month end starting from the 5th of January. Due to cash inflows, the payment will be staggered. There is no going back on our word.” Mupfumira has said.

Teacher representative organs said that both primary and secondary school teachers have suggested that they will down their tools,when schools open, protesting over unpaid bonuses.
Teachers To Strike Over Unpaid Bonuses
The unions said the Government has kept on shifting the dates for payment and there is not enough communication and this has caused much confusion.

Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president Mr Takavafira Zhou claimed that lack of clarity over 2014 bonuses will push teachers to go on industrial action.

“The issue remains unclear. Dates have been changed many times and no one is committed to communicate officially with us.

There fore, the Government is actually sending people on strike because they are playing hide and seek.

If the Government do not have the money, they should tell us what is really happening and the exact date.

As it stands in our organisation, teachers will not report for duty until their bonuses are paid and we will not be accepting the staggering effect.” said Zhou.

Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) chief executive officer Mr Sifiso Ndlovu said teachers were disappointed by the actions of the Government.

” Whenever the dates come close they move to another date, and to make matters worse, there is no communication from our employer concerning this issue. We were only informed of bonus pay dates changes through the media.

We even wrote to the new minister a few weeks back seeking clarity over the issue, and we have not yet received a response.

As long as there is no clarity and no dialogue it is very possible that teachers will strike. People are disappointed and when people are annoyed anything can happen. That is why we have been calling for clarity and dialogue from the Government concerning this issue.” said Mr Ndlovu.

However,some parents have said teachers should bear with Government given the current economic situation.

“The country is going through economic hardships, why do they not understand this? Teachers should be thankful that they are receiving their monthly salaries. Furthermore, they have been promised that they will get their bonuses this month. I do not understand why they want to take the heartless route,” one parent said. ZimEye

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