Teachers’ unions have requested a meeting with the chairperson of the Public Service Commission (PSC) over teachers’ eroded salaries. They want the meeting held before the 17th of June to prevent a situation whereby the educators would resort to industrial action. A joint statement seen by Pindula News says inflation has eroded teachers’ salaries. Reads the statement:
FEDERATION OF ZIMBABWE EDUCATORS UNIONS (FOZEU)
The Chairperson Public Service Commission NSSA Building
REQUEST FOR A MEETING ON TEACHER CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
The Federation of Zimbabwe Educators’ Unions (FOZEU), writes to request a meeting between your good offices and all teachers’ unions at your convenience, but in the shortest possible time, preferably before 17 June 2022.
It is now a matter of public record that the remuneration of teachers, including all the other civil servants, has been eroded beyond measure as a result of the galloping inflation in the past few months. This has accelerated over the past three weeks to a point where the RTGS component of our remuneration is now meaningless.
It is also clear that this is no longer tenable, and we can not continue with the business-as-usual approach. We are no doubt aware that the official position of the Ministry of Public Service is that negotiations with civil servants are ongoing. But you’re also aware that no meeting has been held since February 2022 to address our conditions of service.
We do not want to end up with a situation where there are spontaneous actions by individual teachers all over the country as a result of the degrading circumstances they now find themselves in. It is, therefore, necessary for your offices to convene a meeting to try and resolve the problem at hand, before it gets out of hand.
We trust that you find our letter in good order.
ARTUZ – Robson Chere +263 775643192 EUZ – Tapedza Zhou +263 773612250 PEUZ – Wilson Makanyaire +263 773013406 PTUZ – Raymond Majongwe +263 782702836