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Striking Zimbabwe Teachers Union Charges State Intimidation Of Members

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe said Wednesday that district education officials in company with suspected state security agents have been visiting schools and demanding the names of union members who are on strike.

The union said it has received reports of such intimidation from Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central, Harare, Gweru, Masvingo and Matabeleland.

PTUZ members and some other teachers are in the third week of a strike backing their demand for a monthly entry-level salary of Z$1.7 billion, about US$280. Union officials said about 80% of public schools in the country have been affected.

PTUZ National Coordinator Oswald Madziwa told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that the union will take legal action to protect its striking members from such harassment.

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