ZIMTA Provincial AGMs, Successful PDF Print E-mail

The Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) will be making spirited efforts to engage government on educators' salaries and conditions of service in 2013. Key among the issues are the provision of poverty –datum line (PDL) linked salaries, realistic transport and housing allowances, the re-introduction of rural-service allowances and the provision of resources for de-bunching salaries.


Created  16 - January - 2013



Addressing educators during the belated ZIMTA Annual General Meetings (AGMS) held in all the 10 provinces countrywide, the ZIMTA President, Mrs Tendai Chikowore bemoaned the lack of progress in addressing the functional challenges affecting the civil servants umbrella representative body, the APEX Council. She further highlighted that "the joint negotiating forum is inadequate for addressing problems faced by educators as it lumps everyone. It is time that we advanced an education sector bargaining chamber that will address the peculiarities for teachers."


The ZIMTA President suggested that going forward; her union would advance the labour law reform agenda with a view to achieving asectoral bargaining for the year 2013.


Thousands of ZIMTA members attending the AGMs countrywide were urged to take advantage of all the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) structures in the provinces as they were expected to support ZIMTA's para-legal structures and other activities. ZIMTA became an affiliate of ZCTU in 2011.


During the year 2013,ZIMTA in collaboration with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) would be launching a "Workers' Rights Campaign," which is an awareness and training program that would focus on gender rights, children's'rights and workers' rights aspects, Mrs. Chikowore said.


In her speech, the ZIMTA President alluded to the ZIMTA – Lararforbundent Program for 2013, which would see the launch of "Campaign 10 000". The campaign would eventually result in more educators being recruited into ZIMTA but most importantly, result in more satisfaction in terms of service delivery for the old ZIMTA members.


ZIMTA AGMS are held annually, but the national executive elections that were due in April 2012 were postponed following a disregard of procedure in selection processes and in some cases the lack of observance of constitutional provisions. ZIMTA undertook a decision to postpone the elections in order to sanitize a constitutional abrogation that undermined the ZIMTA constitutional democracy.


Following that development the Union resolved to hold elections for its national executive leaders in April 2013. Thousands of educators turned up to attend the provincial AGMs held on the 4th and 5th of January this year. The district AGMs were held between the month of November and December in 2012, equally attracting overwhelming attendance in all ZIMTA districts.





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