The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) says it is passionate about the development of the country’s education sector however, expressed concern over prejudice of learners due to unresolved salary grievances for teachers.
In a letter addressed to the Public Service Commission (PSC), Artuz Secretary General Robson Chere said the incapacitation of teachers remains unsettled.
“We make reference to the above captioned matter and to our previous correspondence with your office pertaining to the same subject matter. We write to remind you that the incapacitation of teachers remain unaddressed and an obstacle to the efficient discharge of duties by teachers. As the schools open this January of 2023. Our members have advised us to engage you on the need to restore the salaries to pre-October 2018 figures of USD $540.
“As a Trade Union we are also passionate about the development of the Education sector in our country and we are alarmed by the continued prejudice of learners who continue to suffer, as long as this matter remains unaddressed. Even the development of our nation is being compromised as each year students with potential do not get the best from their teachers,” Chere said.
The teacher union implored your PSC to give the matter the urgency it deserve and reiterated calls for a legitimate conversation between the employer and bona fide ‘workers’ representatives from the education sector.