Federation of Zimbabwe Educators Union (FOZEU) has invalidated salary increment claims propagated in state media, recently labelling the update as mischievous and a creation of enemies of teachers’ representatives’ success ahead of the imminent job action.
In a statement released to the media, teachers’ representatives speaking with a solitary voice under the FOZEU banner urged their membership to remain vigilant and ready for job action if the government remains mute on their grievances.
“FOZEU strongly rejects insinuations coming through the media that teachers have sealed a salary hike deal with the government. This is patently and blatantly false. It is mischievous and a creation of enemies of the success of FOZEU. These are just media spins.
“We urge our members to remain resolute and brace for combat, as was being systematically planned. For the record the APEX Council has no business in the meeting set for May 7, 2008 (today). It is strictly, a FOZEU consultative meeting with relevant stakeholders.
“There is no salary deal whatsoever between FOZEU and the government. In the meantime, we urge our members to remain vigilant and ready for combat come May 8, 2018 if our demands and concerns are not positively addressed in tomorrow’s meeting (today),” said FOZEU.
Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union (ARTUZ) job action taskforce, through its president Obert Masaraure amplified FOZEU’s message to its members illuminating an unchanged stance regarding the planned industrial action.
He said, “ARTUZ strike position remains unchanged. Come opening day we are not going to work unless the demands we tabled to the employer on March 27 are addressed. A lot of meetings have been held this far, both internally at FOZEU level and between FOZEU and emissaries from government.
“Nothing concrete has been agreed on thus far. Tomorrow (today) there will be another meeting at 10:00hrs. We urge all our members to keep on mobilizing for job action,” he added.
Teachers’ salaries have been stagnant since 2013 and government has been deaf and dumb from the time educators handed over their register of grievances to the President’s Office in March 2018, among them a 100% salary increment, till May 6 when the media reported that an agreement was reached between the two parties.
FOZEU is a coalition of teachers’ representatives comprising of Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ), Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), Professional Educators Union of Zimbabwe (PEUZ), Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) and Zimbabwe National Teachers Union (ZINATU).