Teachers Demand Wage Rise, Threaten Strike

RURAL Teachers' Union of Zimbabwe (RTUZ) says government must increase members' salaries from the current $400 to $725 with effect from August failure of which will result in industrial action.

"Teachers demand that government increases our salaries to at least $725 to cushion us from prevailing harsh economic conditions perpetrated on us by its own doing, through poor economic policies and excessive spending," said RTUZ President, Obert Masaraure, in a statement released Monday.

Masaraure said teachers' current salaries were below the Poverty Datum Line causing most of them to engage in commercial activities even during working hours.

Government has failed to pay civil servants for the months of June July. Even uniformed forces are yet to receive their salaries with government announcing that they will be paid on July 27.

Finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa, on Sunday blamed international sanctions for Zimbabwe's cash crisis.

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