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Zimbabwe Labour Court Judge Dismisses PTUZ Class Action

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary general Raymond Majongwe addressing members of his union. (Photo" PTUZ)

Labour Court judge Justice Godfrey Musariri on Friday dismissed a case in which the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) was challenging a move by the government to recall teachers currently on leave.

Sources said Justice Musariri noted that the case was not fit for a group action, meaning to say that PTUZ availed itself instead of individual teachers affected by the move.

The judge also said the matter did not qualify to be heard as an urgent case.

This coincided with the announcement by Labour Minister Priscah Mupfumira that no teachers should go on leave until the government finds money to pay relief staff.

PTUZ general secretary Raymond Majongwe said even though they are disappointed with the outcome, their lawyer will file fresh papers containing the names of the affected teachers on Monday.

“This is a set-back but what we want to make known is that as workers we are ready to take them head-on,” said Majongwe.

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