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Zimbabwe Teachers Threaten New Strike As Inflation Eats Pay Gains

Zimbabwean teachers who ended a strike last month after the government raised their salaries 525% to a monthly minimum of Z$528,000 (US$$20), are threatening to go back on strike unless the minimum is raised again to Z$1.4 million a month.

Officials of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe said hyperinflation has eaten up the salary increases granted by the government in February.

The union demand drew a quick response from the government: officers of the Central Investigations Department paid a visit to PTUZ headquarters on Thursday looking for Secretary General Raymond Majongwe, union officials said.

Majongwe told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his members are still failing to make ends meet even after the recent increase.

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