Among those schools who were hit by the strike in the capital city, were among others Vainona High School, Cranborne Boys High, Morgan High School and several schools in the high density suburbs.
Raymond Majongwe, the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary general who attended the salary negotiations that reached a deadlock on Thursday, said his organisation together with the Zimbabwe Teachers Union (Zimta) had issued a 14 notice to strike if their grievances were not addressed.
He could not comment on reports that several teachers had not reported for duty. However school children interviewed said the teachers were not conducting lessons.
The teachers unions have rejected a US$236 per month offered by the Government for the highest paid civil servant and the US$124 for the lowest paid. Teachers and the majority of civil servants are earning between US$155 and US$180 depending on grades.
In a joint statement, the Apex Council, a body that includes the Zimta, PTUZ and Public Service Association (PSA), said the offer given by the Government was too little.
The civil servants registered their displeasure and dismay at what they called a “paltry offer” which the Government had put forward on Tuesday at the negotiating table for 2010 salary review.
They described the Government’s offer as inadequate, ridiculous and out of sync with the cost of living and therefore unacceptable. The civil servants warned the Government over its stance that they described as a “recipe for industrial disharmony likely to frustrate economic recovery”. They demanded an urgent redress of the situation, failure to which they threatened to deliver “half baked services” that would compromise Government processes.