The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta) has ruled out industrial action, saying it is in favour of dialogue with Government to address its members’ concerns.
In an interview Herald News, Zimta president and Apex Council team leader Richard Gundani commended Government for the cushioning allowances it paid last week.
However, he said salaries and allowances which take into account the prevailing socio-economic environment provide a lasting solution.
“The truth of the matter is that the teacher has been incapacitated for a long time and a lot will be forced to moonlight at the end of the day. We don’t want that as it affects the pupil.
“At the same time we don’t want schools closed due to industrial action. Schools must remain open.
We will continue engaging in dialogue with Government until we find a lasting solution,” he said adding that they were not demanding a salary increment from Government.
Gundani said they want United States dollar salaries they were earning up to October 2018 when the least paid teacher was getting around US$500 per month to be converted to the local currency at the interbank rate.
In a related development, teachers in Malawi are boycotting work demanding government to pay them December salaries.
Government put on old salaries for over 50 thousand teachers who failed to submit their National Identity Cards to the treasury.
The Government ordered all Civil Servants across the country to submit their National IDs to the Treasury as one way of dealing with ‘Ghost Workers’.