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Zimbabwe Teachers Union Seeks Allies To Enforce Wage Demands

The Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe said it is waiting for responses from two other teachers' organizations on a proposal to coordinate wage demands.

The union contacted the Zimbabwe Teachers Association and the Teachers Union of Zimbabwe suggesting they forge a united front in demanding that the government raise the minimum monthly salary for teachers to Z$3 million. The minimum is now Z$84,000, or US$24 following a recent 300% increase in public salaries.

The PTUZ has given Harare two weeks notice of a strike if its demands are not met.

PTUZ General Secretary Raymond Majongwe told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that teachers must fight now for higher salaries or they will be obliged to emigrate to neighboring countries where conditions are better.

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