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Zimbabwe Teachers Threaten New Strike Over US Dollar Wage Glitches


Zimbabwe's teachers have threatened to go on strike when the next school term begins in May, saying the government has not fulfilled its promise to pay them and all other state workers US$100 a month as a supplement to local-currency salaries.

Banks have converted Zimbabwe dollar accounts into hard-currency accounts, but have told customers they lack the U.S. dollar notes to distribute on government orders.

Labor sources said some banks are offering South African rand or Botswanan pula instead, but at exchange rates which take a big bite out of the US$100 supplement.

National Coordinator Enoch Paradzayi of the Progressive Teachers Union told reporter Chris Gande of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the government has made deposits into the accounts of teachers, but banks cannot fulfill the commitment with cash.

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