The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association boldly declared a strike in their 37th Annual National Conference held at Victoria Falls recently. This strike will affect the opening of schools for the second term should their issues be not resolved.
The conference was attended by teachers from all provinces in Zimbabwe, with each province represented by 14 to 15 teachers.
The written declaration signed by the association’s President and Secretary General reads:
DECLARATION ON COLLECTIVE JOB ACTION BY THE ZIMTA 37TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE HELD AT ELEPHANT HILLS RESORT, VICYORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE 27 APRIL 2018
WHEREAS section 65 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act of 2013 provides for the rights to fair and safe labour practices and standards and to be paid a fair and reasonable wage;
AND WHEREAS section 65 (4) of the said Constitution provides for the right to just, equitable and satisfactory conditions of work;
AND WHEREAS section 65 (3) of the same constitution guarantees the right to collective job action including the right to strike;
AND WHEREAS the employer has not uplifted the suspension of vacation leave effected in 2016;
NOW THEREFORE the 37th Annual Teachers’ Association do hereby declare that schools will not open for the 2nd Term 2018 and for the avoidance of doubt, our members will be on strike and will withdraw their labour effective the 8th of May 2018 until the issues raised herein above are resolved.
THUS DATED AT VICTORIA FALLS THIS THE 27TH OF APRIL 2018.
Despite the harsh response of the Vice President, retired General Cde Constantino Nyikadzino Chiwenga to the industrial action by nurses, the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association declared withdrawal of its members from duty in bravado if their issues are not addressed.
The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association is a professional trade union organisation that seeks to protect and advocate for the rights of teachers since 1942.