ZIMTA demands govt indigenisation shares PDF Print E-mail


The Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) has demanded shares in government firms, saying the ongoing indigenisation drive must cascade down to civil servants as well

 

Created : 19 April 2012

 

 

 

Adopted from  NewsDay: 13 April 2012



In an interview with NewsDay yesterday before the beginning of their conference in Bulawayo, Zimta CEO Sifiso Ndlovu said the union was expecting the Indigenisation ministry to pronounce their plans to encompass civil servants into their programmes.

Clearly there is a focus on workers where they are talking about privatisation and community ownership. We need to find out what programmes are being put in place for civil servants.

Are we going to have shares in government companies, specifically looking at companies such as the National Railways of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority? he queried.

Zimta president Tendai Chikowore said economic empowerment of civil servants was important since the countrys Indigenisation law was clear they could not engage in business.

When you look at the statutory instruments, it is clear that civil servants are not allowed to engage in business. We, therefore, want to interrogate the government, to engage in dialogue with them, and ask if at all or when they are looking at economically empowering civil servants, she said.

We want to find out if government has made any provisions to ensure that we are not left behind as far as economic empowerment is concerned.

Chikowore said key stakeholders from the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, international organisations and Sadc countries teachers unions representatives and Indigenisation minister Saviour Kasukuwere were expected to attend the conference.

The conference, being held under the theme Enhancing the State of Teachers Through Economic Empowerment, ends tomorrow.

Zimta was established in 1942 and is the countrys largest professional teacher trade union with a membership of about 45 000.

 

 

 

 

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