The Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) yesterday expressed dismay over what they called discriminatory practices by the government after soldiers were awarded a 22,5% salary hike and police officers a 20% adjustment when teachers only received a 17% increase. PTUZ secretary general Raymond Majongwe said he had already sent a letter to the President’s Office complaining about the discriminatory practice, adding there was no justification as to why the government would treat its employees differently.
“We are very disappointed at what has happened because it is unfair that they have created a three-tier government where they chose soldiers and the police and treated other civil servants like teachers as the least of all,” Majongwe said. “Teachers were only given 17% while others were given 22%, but I am not saying that soldiers do not deserve 22% — in fact, they deserve more given their living conditions. What I am against is the discrimination.”
Majongwe blasted the Apex Council which negotiates on behalf of government employees, saying that they were more interested in self-aggrandisement than standing for the rights of the workers. He said they were not doing enough to negotiate for civil servants. Majongwe said they will be expecting a response from the http://v.duta.us/37gI2QAA as soon as possible to deal with the disgruntled teachers.