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Representatives of Striking Zimbabwe State Workers Charge Intimidation

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Representatives of striking public employees sitting in at workplaces said officials were demanding they sign registers indicating whether they were performing their duties or sitting in on strike

As Zimbabwe's civil servants pursued a strike now in its third week, representatives accused the Public Service Commission of pressuring workers sitting in at their workplaces to sign registers indicating whether they were performing their duties or striking.

VOA was unable to obtain comment on the situation from the Public Service Commission or Public Service Minister Eliphas Mukonoweshuro.

The government has been mostly silent since workers, went on strike February 5.

Cecilia Alexander, secretary of the Apex Council, the negotiating committee for public service employees, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that her group sees the government’s action as intimidation.

In another strike-related development, the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe said ZANU-PF militants and war veterans in many rural districts were ordering striking teachers to leave schools.

PTUZ President Takavafira Zhou said institutions like churches and companies were also threatening to evict teachers who are not teaching from homes provided to local educators by such organizations.

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