Zimbabwe State Universities Union of Academics (ZISUUA) president, Alois Muzvuwe said lecturers at State Universities have threatened to go on strike citing the government’s failure to address their awful working conditions.
In a statement released by the ZISUUA, Muzvuwe said the parent Ministry had failed to deal with the numerous of challenges faced by the lecturers.
“The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development has failed to provide answers or solutions to low standards of living that are being experienced by the state Universities teaching staff.”
It was reported that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MFED) had produced a supplementary budget in which 300% increment on commodities price was noted.
“It was said that in spite of the state universities having submitted a salary review paper through the Zimbabwe State Universities Negotiating Forum, with Professor Ncube assuring the negotiating forum’s technical committee that is position paper would be considered in the July 2019 supplementary budget and the plight of all state universities workers was not addressed in the supplementary budget,” said Muzvuwe.
He added that state workers have been calling for salary increases for some time following runaway inflation and a steep rise in the cost of living.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.