Teachers’ strike must be lawful – Goche

via Teachers’ strike must be lawful — Goche – NewsDay January 7, 2014  by Veneranda Langa

Government yesterday remained tight lipped about the promised civil servants’ salary increments and warned any strike action could only be done in accordance with the laws of the country.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Nicholas Goche yesterday told NewsDay in an interview that negotiations were still underway between his ministry and government workers, but declined to say anything about the probability of government awarding them an increment by January.

Civil servants’ unions on Monday threatened nationwide strikes by next week if government failed to live up to President Robert Mugabe’s promise made during and soon after elections to award them salary increments.

“I can only say that civil servants submitted their salary proposals a week ago and we will continue our negotiations with them,” Goche said.

“I do not negotiate salaries through the media. I do negotiations with civil servants and, therefore, I cannot tell you whether there will be any increment or not.”

The minister also refused to outline the plans he had on the table for civil servants.

Goche said he was not going to act on the threats by civil servants to engage in job action.

“I do not see any reason why I should intervene on issues to do with the strike action. Civil servants’ unions have not come to me to give notice that they will go on strike concerning their salaries. What I can only say is that any job action should follow proper procedure as stipulated by the Labour Act and to date I have not been formally informed about any strike,” he said.

Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Raymond Majongwe on Monday told local media that government should come up with a position on civil servants’ salaries before schools opened or face crippling industrial action.

Schools open on January 14. Previous job action by teachers severely affected the education sector.

However, other civil service workers’ unions like the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta) maintained that dialogue with government should be given a chance before any strike action.

While some media reports claimed civil servants wanted a monthly salary of $1 000, Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe chief executive officer Manuel Nyawo said the lowest earning civil servant currently earned $296 per month and they wanted poverty datum line wages of $540 per month for the lowest earners.

COMMENTS

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    Majongwe shame on you! You were the first one to congratulate zanu thinking they would remember you after that but now you talk of striking.You were demonising Biti for not awarding salary increases and campaigned for zanu.Where are you now.Soon you will learn who is right btwn your Chinamasa and Biti? Look the looters have started to give each other bonuses ,for what nobody knows? You have overstayed your welcome,its time you step aside.

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    When will zanupf uphold the constitutional laws. Criminal goche hypocrite go hang goche gay gangsta kaukonde

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    Gov: Please be patient we are having challenges raising this money.The damn western sanctions are severly restricting our cash flow after paying ourselves christmas bonuses and then the military and police got theirs first for obvious reasons and noe there seems to be a shortage.We are doing everything in our power!!! to satisfy our long suffering techars.

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    passenger 23 8 years ago

    what happened to the token increament for teachers.i hear soldiers got theirs.circus for sure

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    Panda moyo 8 years ago

    If mr goche only heard about civil servants demands last week then he either does not know his job or is a lier,bcoz these demands are known by the whole of zimbabwe n outsde its borders,i m sure even the minister s kid are tired of hearing them.a minister should be a person of intergrity.

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    Michael Saruchera 8 years ago

    Government has clearly nothing to offer the civil servants.If Goche and the government are prepared to give the civil servants astronomical salaries why not save time and money to go to the negotiating table and announce the huge salaries.Mugabe is a huge liability to the country how can a sane person appoint the same person to a ministry he is always failing.This 90 year old khulu needs to go to an old aged home somewhere in Asia.

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    goche is a true idiot. These teachers have a right to live and teach the children of zimbabwe who are facing dark future. Bunch of idiots

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    worried tr 8 years ago

    vapei nguva. maCde ane zviri kurongwa. cool down

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    worried tr 8 years ago

    give the leaders time 2 plan. vanotipa mari mirai muone hazvidi hasha

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    mugabe do the right thing its not that we hate u but we hate ur works imsebenzi yakho

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    imimi mese murukusupporter zvisina musoro…nguva yekuita sei how long,how many time vechipiwa nguva munopenga..bicoz..murukudya mese