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Zimbabwe Teachers Union Seeks To Reopen Talks On Compensation

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe said it is seeking a meeting with top government officials to demand salary increases for its members, saying that with inflation running at several thousand percent they cannot make ends meet.

Union officials said salaries are far under the poverty line of $8.5 million monthly living costs for a family of six.The union said it has started holding consultative meetings with its members and hopes to meet with government officials next Wednesday.

The union seeks a minimum monthly salary of $8.5 million versus $2.9 million currently being earned by teachers, and income tax breaks, among other demands.

Members of the union went on strike January 31 and returned to work February 22 after the government agreed to raise their wages.

PTUZ General Secretary Raymond Majongwe told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that Harare must revisit salaries quarterly to cushion teachers from rampant inflation and to keep the country's educational system from collapsing due to teacher emigration.

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