Zimbabwean teachers who have been on strike for several months are ready to settle for $360 United States dollars from the proposed $500 after a meeting with President Emmerson Mnangagwa earlier this week in the Capital Harare.
The National Joint Negotiations Council is set to meet on Monday next week and Zimbabwe Teachers Association chief executive Dr Sifiso Ndlovu expressed optimism ahead of the meeting.
We are expecting significant movement because the issue is now urgent and we must address the issue of opening of schools so that we allow educators to go back and do what they love the most which is teaching.
“Children are longing to learn and we have to capacitate the educators in order for them to go back and teach,” he said.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavima said Government will table an improved offer.
“There is going to be a new Government position, but we cannot give details as yet. I am glad that the meeting is now taking place and I hope that Government and civil servants will find common ground.”
Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions secretary-general David Dzatsunga indicated that they hope the offer will be acceptable.
“We are just going there to hear what the Government is offering, we hope that they have an offer that is acceptable to the generality of the Civil Service.”
The teachers pled “incapacitation” when schools opened last September and have been demanding a US$500 base salary.
Though undeclared, their failure to report for duty has widely been viewed as a strike with potential to disrupt public examinations.