Teachers threaten to go ahead with strike plan

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By Claudia Chimbo

Teachers have called on government to engage them and address their grievances before the new school term begins – or else they will continue with their planned industrial action.

When schools closed last month, teachers raised several issues affecting their service delivery which include poor remuneration as well as poor working conditions, especially for rural teachers. They also complained that government had turned a blind eye towards their need for a vacation and better allowances.

In an interview with Capitalk FM News, Progressive Teachers Union secretary general Mr Raymond Majongwe said failure by Government to heed their call will result in an industrial action by teachers countrywide.

He added that government should directly engage them for an agreement, not the Apex council which they are currently making negotiations with.

Mr Majongwe also expressed displeasure on the state of affairs within the civil service saying, the teaching profession had lost its luster because government had failed to intervene on several issues affecting the delivery of their services.

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