Salaries to take centre stage at Zimta’s annual conference PDF Print E-mail

THE Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta) will next week hold its 32nd annual national conference in Victoria Falls where the issue of civil servants’ working conditions and low salaries is expected to take centre stage.

 

Created  : 22 April 2013

 

Adapted from The Chronicle of 16 April 2013

 

More than 250 local and foreign delegates are expected to attend the three-day conference to be held under the theme “Enhancing the status of teachers through economic empowerment.”

In an interview yesterday, the association’s chief executive officer, Mr Sifiso Ndlovu, said the conference was expected to explore all avenues possible in finding ways to empower teachers politically, economically and socially.

He said the conference would seek to unpack and reveal the issues of indigenisation and empowerment and how the implementation of the Indigenisation Act will or should benefit educators in the country.

“The issue of salaries will remain on the agenda until we achieve our goals. The conference will therefore focus on how the association can push for the improvment of teachers’ salaries. It is important to improve the dignity of teachers and the only way we can do that is through improving their salaries. It is through the money they get that teachers can be respected in our society,” said Mr Ndlovu.

He said there was need for society,  including the employer, the Government, to respect the teaching profession.

Mr Ndlovu said the conference would also deliberate on possible partnerships with the corporate world in a bid to empower the teachers.

“As Zimta it is our mandate to come up with strategies of improving the welfare of teachers. For example we are looking at business partnerships, where we can form clusters and start businesses using resources from our Bereavement Fund.

“We are also looking at empowering teachers through buying shares in companies,” said Mr Ndlovu.”

He said the association wanted the Government to improve the teschers’ conditions of service.

“The rural service allowances and de-bunching of salaries according to experience and status of teachers as well as rural hardships allowances are other issues that are going to be discussed during the conference. Rural hardships allowances used to be enjoyed by white people in the past and the Government should know that it is important for black people to also benefit from such allowances,” said Mr Ndlovu.

Zimta has been fighting with the employer over teachers’ working conditions and salaries and recently threatened to take Government to court over its decision to the freeze vacant posts, promotions and transfers.

The lowest paid Government worker is taking home $296 per month while the PDL is above $600.

 

 

 

 

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