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As The Zimbabwe Teachers Situation Deteriorates Further, Nurses Threaten Strike as Well

Dr Zhou warned that teachers should not salivate at a "poisoned carrot" and they will not accept decisions made at meetings they never participated in By Maxwell Zambeze With the "burning" teachers strike now seemingly red hot and no sign of its ending, the Zimbabwe government was last night accused of neglecting the situation and leaving it to last-minute decisions. "Puppet" unions were also accused of having "romantic relationships" with the employer and shortcutting it's members an unacceptable state of affairs, and the teacher members were urged to abandon such sellout unions and join real unions that represented their interests. As the Zimbabwe teachers situation deteriorated further with nurses threatening strike action as well, the President of Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), Dr Takavafira Zhou told The Hot Seat whatsapp group of teachers and parents this week: "The government is evasive and elusive and they only start to talk about the possible meeting just a few days before schools open. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); "We have always been very clear, engaging portfolio committees in Parliament, primary and secondary education committee, on Public

Dr Zhou warned that teachers should not salivate at a “poisoned carrot” and they will not accept decisions made at meetings they never participated in

By Maxwell Zambeze

With the “burning” teachers strike now seemingly red hot and no sign of its ending, the Zimbabwe government was last night accused of neglecting the situation and leaving it to last-minute decisions.

“Puppet” unions were also accused of having “romantic relationships” with the employer and shortcutting it’s members an unacceptable state of affairs, and the teacher members were urged to abandon such sellout unions and join real unions that represented their interests.

As the Zimbabwe teachers situation deteriorated further with nurses threatening strike action as well, the President of Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), Dr Takavafira Zhou told The Hot Seat whatsapp group of teachers and parents this week:

“The government is evasive and elusive and they only start to talk about the possible meeting just a few days before schools open.

 

 

“We have always been very clear, engaging portfolio committees in Parliament, primary and secondary education committee, on Public Service and Labour, including the President (Mnangagwa) himself who referred us to the Public Service Commission and Labour and Social Welfare.”

Dr Zhou regretted to Hotseat Africa that negotiations had not achieved anything. “We have clowns in government who would evade every possible way of meeting.”

Hot Seat – a brainchild of the Sunday Express News Network – hosted Zhou in conversation after the invitation was posted in the DSE and affiliate groups this week.

During the talk, Zhou said that everyone in Zimbabwe was watching the goings on with the teachers – as the entire system is in danger of collapsing – and at the last minute when schools were about to open this week – from which they said they were still negotiating, which was not happening.

“The truth is that there are no negotiations, there’re virtually no negotiations,” said Dr Zhou.

His union only read government’s intentions through newspapers that they had to ratify or rubber stamp decisions.

“This is useless, so it’s unfortunate that a lot of people including parents think that teachers only decide to start to negotiate towards opening of schools, no that’s not it. We always start to lobby for meetings, meetings are not forthcoming, when they come they’re selective.

“Some people are called Nicodemusly at night and they agree on something which they try to impose on you, no that’s not it.”

Dr Zhou warned that teachers should not salivate at a “poisoned carrot” and they will not accept decisions made at meetings they never participated in.

The Zimbabwe government has awarded a 20% increase on teachers salaries but that hasn’t halted the teachers’ wildcat strikes. The Minister of Education, Evelyn Ndlovu then slapped the striking teachers with three months suspension.

Top lawyer and law lecturer, Professor Lovemore Madhuku said the minister had no power to suspend the teachers as they fell under the Public Service Commission.

 

 

Dr Zhou also accused the pseudo opposition of forming puppet teachers’ unions instead of leaving it to people who should form unions on objectives for the betterment of the teachers. The function of a trade union was to advance the interests of its members and defend any gains made.

Any unions that did not recognise that teachers were incapacitated were “bad unions”.

Dr Zhou warned teacher members to be very analytical and familiarise themselves with negotiation processes.

He said: “For example you hear people saying why have you not gone to NJNC but it isn’t a bargaining forum, but a forum to betray the interests of teachers. After drinking and eating with the employer you masquerade as someone who was representing the teachers.

“It is unfortunate that teachers are taken for a ride by other unions, I think history will absolve us.” Maxwell Zambeze is a
Sunday Express Correspondent

 

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