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Teachers Now Earning "About Two Dozen Loaves Of Bread"

Teachers Now Earning

Zimbabwean public sector employees are now comparing and contrasting their salaries to how many loaves of bread they can buy.

Last weekend, the price of bread rose from $450 to between $600 and $945, with the majority of workers taking home $35 000 per month.

A teacher’s payslip seen by NewsDay on Tuesday revealed that educators take home $19 818, excluding the US$75 COVID-19 allowance.

Following the latest bread increases, teachers say their salary is now equivalent to 20 loaves of bread.

Speaking to NewsDay, Tafadzwa Munodawafa, the Educators Union of Zimbabwe (EUZ) president, said that the low salaries were a mockery of the teaching profession. He said:

This is an example of a rare payslip for a teacher. It’s clean. No loans. Most teachers have three loan deductions and net around $9 000.

The only money left of significance is the US$175 (US$100 from the salary) that comes in cash. Remember, this is a teacher who once earned US$540 before October 2018.

Our members and the fraternity at large have made it clear that it’s no longer feasible to continue to work under the prevailing economic hardships.

Currently, a teacher at the entry point is earning just about two dozen loaves of bread. It’s preposterous, to say the least.

As a union, we have come to appreciate that the government doesn’t respect the process of dialogue.

The employer has continued to give us a raw deal. Our genuine demands for a sustainable salary that should contribute to our pension package continue to be ignored.

We are left with no choice, but to organise ourselves to resist the slave wages.

I call upon all teachers union leaders and other government workers’ unions to come together to map a collective way forward as is expected of us by the members we represent.

Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) president Obert Masaraure said:

Teachers are earning as little as $20 000 per month (outside COVID-19 and cushion allowance), a salary which can only afford to pay for 20 loaves of bread.

The teachers are starving, and cannot afford to access basic services such as education, healthcare and accommodation among others.

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33 Comments

😖😖 3 weeks ago

ini pa Covid time ndakaona kukosha kwa teacher. vakomana vave addicted to drugs, girls kuita kurwirana vakomana. Teacher kumberi vamwe vose kumas****


jahh 3 weeks ago

apa pakutaurwa politics here or nyaya ye ma salary?


mhepo 3 weeks ago

kwanai yhamusi mega makadzidza tsvagai mamwe mabasa arikubhadhara kwete kutinyaudza....muuye nemartgs ayo tikuchinjei isu vasina mabasa emuoffice tinongoziva rate....pamberi naED🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼


🤨🤨 3 weeks ago

Dako iwe wanzwa

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🚩 3 weeks ago

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BIG 🐶 DOG 3 weeks ago

Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii


2023 CCC 3 weeks ago

Pasi ne ZANU...
mbavhaaaaaaaa


2030 zanupf 3 weeks ago

murikurota king

Me 3 weeks ago

Vanhu mkutaura macivil servants chte kovamwewo e.g izvozvi guard ari kupihwa 30k chte which is less than $100


Kaizoku 2 weeks ago

They are complaining to their boss(the Government) iwe complain to your boss

Imwe Mbeu 3 weeks ago

MaTeacher acho akuita seasina kudzidza. Isu tinongohora 20K wani


Mutape 3 weeks ago

siyai mabasa acho kana asingabhadhare haikona kuswera muchitinyaudza kunge ndimi mega murikutambura munyika muno


e. g John Chibadura 3 weeks ago

Kusiya basa handifunge is the best solution hama.
Your mind should be adjusted uone kuti who is to be affected most... Mwana wako/wangu & generations to come. Yet those leaders' children vakudzidza much better education at the expense of the majority.

Patichazonzwa 1 day mwana achiti Gonzo rinonzi Giraffe nechirungu ndipo patichavafunga maTeacher aya kuti akutii ryt now

nyoka yemabhunu 3 weeks ago

Siya reurakashi iwewe maticha akaenda kucourse iwe wakaenda kutoilet ukamama pfungwa ndocourse yako Siya basa iwe

Choja 3 weeks ago

Wanzwa panzi 20 loaves heree or u just ignored ipapo

Mudiwabilley 3 weeks ago

One day a tirant shall be thrown away, and the pastures of Zimbabwe shall be ours upon that day


Tatenda 3 weeks ago

vana vema**** mune utsinye pasi nemi mazanu pf


Tatenda 3 weeks ago

vana vema**** mune utsinye pasi nemi mazanu pf


Tateguru 3 weeks ago

Nyaya dzematicha ngadzimbobva paNhau. Ndivo Vega vanopiwa Mari isingagutsi here?
Tateta neyema teacher.
Problem vanogona profession yavo seirinani kupfuura dzimwe dzese.
Kana kusina Mari ngavabude titengese airtime tese.


mbuya nehanda kufa vachitaura 3 weeks ago

@tateguru dzikamai mateachers akutaura zvaanodzidzisa kuti Mari aikwane iwe unoda yei ukatopiwa dollar reuraashi wapinda womwa super wouya kuno wotaura zvisina kana fact wonovatorera futy Mari uchinji Uri pabasa uchazvionera wega kuti wakaberekwa nesure ndove yawakadya ndoinoita vakushandise iyoyo ...get a life ukwane

Chimboti Pizza 3 weeks ago

Imi mateacher chimbomirai kutibhohwa, handiti mukupihwa US$175 + ZWL20 000 saka mukuchemei yakatowandisa mari iyo. Tinyarei


Paul mangwana dad 3 weeks ago

yakawanda kumurakashi chete anopiwa 10 Mari yekutengesa upenyu hwedzinza rese achisapota vanhu vari kuendesa vana kuchando kurapwa mhiri kwemakungwa shopping mhiri iye achidya nhoko dzezvironda Ari ... social media ... get a life@chimbiti Uri mbiri chimboti ****

mugabe 3 weeks ago

taura hako vari kupihwamariyakawanda vanhu ivava

student 3 weeks ago

Good morning fellow Zimbabweans esp civil servants and how r u feeling , what l can tell u is that after voting for ED go n read a book called rich dad poor dad by Robert K and another one called rich man from Babylon.


ZPF 3 weeks ago

Mari yakawanda iyi USD175 + RTGS 20000 + covid allowance USD 75. free education for your children, free accommodation and electricity for some. Praise Mntuli


Manikiniki 3 weeks ago

You re writting things u dont even know

Laylow 3 weeks ago

Kanyika kanaka ndokada zvekuti, ndiri patriotic citizen


factos 3 weeks ago

20 loafs dzaka wandisa imao
just cook mpolokoqo life goes on
vote Zanu pf for much more suffering
viva Zanu pf
pasi nemhanduuuuuu


Hkd 2 weeks ago

20 loaves not loafs wakadzidza kupi wazviona kut maTeachers akakosha ka?


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