Teachers Want to Exercise their Rights in Full: PDF Print E-mail
Teachers   attending the global day of  Action  on the Right to Strike, seminar in Harare have called on the government to facilitate a speedy labour law harmonization process currently underway  so as to enable them to  fully exercise their right to strike and to participate in collective bargaining processes, as  is already provided for by the country’s Constitution.
Created: 24 February 2015
The teachers said while they celebrated their newly acquired right to strike, provided  for in section 65(3) of  Zimbabwe’s Constitution, they also wanted to  exercise  their right to enter into collective bargaining processes  with the government because the current National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) platform had proved to be less effective over the years.
Speaking during a seminar held in Harare last week, the teachers said the education they had received on how to exercise their right was fulfilling and eye-opening.
“Surely this is an important day, I have learnt so much, “said, one teacher Fadzai Mapuranga from Mufakose .
The teachers who comprised of branch and district leaders received  lectures and expert advice   from Professor  Lovemore  Madhuku from the University of Zimbabwe who took them through their constitutional  rights and  their obligations as civil servants.
The Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare Industrial Relations Labour Officer, Mrs. Fadzai Matowe and Mrs Tsokotodzai also gave updates on the status of labour law reforms, indicating that the bill of the harmonized labour laws was at the stage of the  Attorney General’s Office.
Mrs fadzai Matove , The Ministry of Public Service Labour  and Social Welfare Industrial Relations Officer,
addressing teachers at the Global Action Day, Right to Strike.
Teachers listening to Proff Madhuku Presentation at the Global Action Day, Right to Strike.
During the presentation, teachers heard that although International Labour Organizations’ Conventions 87, which gave workers the freedom of association and the right to organize and Convention 98, gave the teachers a right to collective bargaining, it was crucial for workers to claim their rights responsibly and reasonably.
Professor  Madhuku indicated that, for instance, on the right to strike, workers needed to follow the right processes  and procedures such as to give a notice to strike, ensuring that there was an existing well known dispute and that the restrictions provided by laws, if any where known and adhered to by all parties and so on. 
The global action day on the right to strike is a day set aside for unions to defend their right to strike.
It is an initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation, (ITUC), and the workers’ group at the International Labour Organization, (ILO).
According to E.I, the right to strike is a cornerstone of democracy and social justice which has been recognized internationally for over 50 years. About 90 countries have incorporated the right in their national constitutions even though governments often prohibit public servants from exercising it.




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