Teachers’ unions should be realistic: Govt

Teachers’ unions need to be realistic in their engagements with the Government over salaries, taking into consideration the present economic challenges, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavima said yesterday when a team of ministers met the unions.

Concerns have been noted and would be taken to President Mnangagwa and Cabinet for further deliberations.

Yesterday, a team of ministers met unions to address their concerns after teachers had complained that their salaries were too low.

Some teachers have not reported for duty since examination classes reopened on September 28, while others are understood to be conducting illegal private lessons and demanding a premium.

Teacher representatives are calling for a minimum salary of US$520 or the equivalent at the auction rate.

However, Government has indicated that it would be unable to pay in US dollars given that it has reintroduced the local currency.

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