By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Harare, June 29, 2016 – A teachers union has threatened to rally its members to go and “camp” at Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa’s New Government Complex offices should the Zanu PF minister fail to deposit their salaries by end of this week.
The government is struggling to pay salaries to its bloated workforce and recently shocked all and sundry it will paying June salaries in July.
In a desperate effort to avert a crippling strike action by the workers, the government has proposed to pay $100 advance payment to civil servants.
The Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (RTUZ) said in a statement on Tuesday the government decision was tantamount to rape, adding that they were tired the government was employing delaying tactics through endless and often fruitless negotiations over salaries.
“We the Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe are riled by the government’s shameful attempt at raping teachers and hoodwinking them into accepting shift in their pay dates,” said union president Obert Masarawure in a statement.
The militant teachers union vowed it will not be dragged to the negotiating table again insisting all they wanted was to see their pays reflecting in their bank accounts this week.
“What is clear and must be known is that the teachers have worked already and all they need now are their salaries. There is no need for negotiating this reality,” said the union.
While the government has pleaded for patience among its restive workforce, civil servants, led by the more vocal teachers unions, have threatened a crippling job action against their broke employer.
“In light of this, as RTUZ, instead of wasting time attending meaningless monologues disguised as meetings we will be mobilising for our 1 July 2016 demonstration for our salaries.
“On 1 July, we will bring business to a standstill at the Ministry of Finance as we demand our monies.”