The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) plans to march to Parliament on 4 March to deliver a petition in a move aimed at pushing the Government to improve teachers’ working conditions.
In a letter addressed to the Clerk of Parliament, PTUZ secretary-general Raymond Majongwe requested Parliament to facilitate the handing over of the petition to relevant office bearers. Part of the letter reads:
PTUZ intends to deliver a petition to the Speaker of the National Assembly as well as the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare as well as that of Primary and Secondary Education.
We intend to hold a procession on March 4, 2022, along routes we have informed the regulatory authorities about, but culminating in our handing over of a petition to the three offices at Parliament.
We request your office to facilitate the presence of the relevant office bearers when we hand over the petition at 1100hrs on the day.
PTUZ has also informed the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) of its plans to march between 10 am and 12 PM and asked for a police escort.
Earlier this month the Government offered civil servants, including teachers, a 20% salary hike, US$100 cash and other incentives.
Teachers’ unions rejected the offer as too little but the Government threatened to fire all school heads and teachers who had been on strike since schools opened for the first term on 7 February.