APEX COUNCIL UPDATE: ZIMTA PRESIDENT PDF Print E-mail

Apex Council basically brings together all the unions that are registered with the ministry of Public Labour and Social Welfare to represent the needs of those in the education sector and the rest of the civil servants.

 

Created: 19 July 2016

 

(VM): As a member of APEX council can you give us latest developments in the council?

(RG): Apex Council basically brings together all the unions that are registered with the ministry of Public Labour and Social Welfare to represent the needs of those in the education sector and the rest of the civil servants. Much of the work that we do is planning for the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC). As Apex Council we put together a consolidated position that summarizes the demand of the workers which we will then take to the NJNC. These days we are busy with issues to do with the achievements of Poverty Datum Line, and off late the new issue of the bond notes, and how this new regime of bond notes is going to affect us. There is also a new issue that has also come up on the challenges that are facing the civil servants regarding the cash shortages. At the top of the lid it is the alignment of the PSA to the new constitution, so the Apex Council is not happy with the delay. This is very serious at which the international Labor Organisation have taken note of in the recent Geneva Conference, and Zimbabwe has been placed on a special paragraph as a country which does not provide for Collective Bargaining and right to strike. Apex Council notes that this is a recent development which warrants that a team of experts from the ILO visits this country to assess the situation on the ground and finds out why government is not complying with the alignment of the Public Service Act to the new constitution.

(VM): In your own analysis, could you say APEX council as a body is meeting the needs of teachers and civil servants in general?

(RG):  Apex Council is an arrangement of unions that came together to form a body, APEX council together with NJNC, have processes that are currently not giving what we are looking for, we need a complete departure from the APEX council and NJNC then have a new Civil Service Council which is properly constituted which is Collective Bargaining empowered. APEX is just a waste of time and by this time ZIMTA should not be participating however the only reason why we are participating is because that is the only root we can communicate with the government so far.

 

(VM): What can we expect APEX Council to debate on or discuss in the near future, an issue which has a bearing on teachers’ conditions of service.

For teachers’ conditions of service, teachers can expect to be protected, for example the vacation leave issue where we have sued the government and judgment is still to be made, social dialogue among partners and the government. Conditions of service have been made difficult looking at the civil service audit and measures that government has implemented. Critically another area of contestation is the teacher pupil ratio, poor education financing and the Basic Education Assistance Module which is not benefiting most of its intended beneficiaries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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