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Zimbabwe Teachers Union Threatens Strike If Members Are Politically Harassed

The head of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe said Monday that the organization will strike if its members are harassed on political grounds in the runup to national elections which the government has slated for March 2008.

PTUZ officials said many members of the union have been subjected to politically motivated harassment in the country's rural areas.The strike warning emerged from a congress held by the union on the weekend.

PTUZ General Secretary Raymond Majongwe told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the union planned to petition President Robert Mugabe to inform him on the plight of the country's teachers.

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