Teachers to demonstrate over worsening economic situation

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Majongwe said they would be starting at Africa Unity Square before proceeding to government offices.
Nine teachers were arrested after staging a demo a few weeks ago

Harare – Teachers have written to the Zimbabwe Republic Police seeking clearance to demonstrate over the worsening economic situation as they want their concerns to be addressed.

In a letter dated October 29 and addressed to ZRP, Publis service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS), ministry of Labour and Public Service and the Ministry of Finance , Progressive Teacher’s Union of Zimbabwe secretary general Raymond Majongwe said the march would take place on November 9.

“We write to give notice to your esteemed office that the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe membership and other civil servants shall undertake a march to the following offices (PSMAS, ministry of Labour and Public Service and the Ministry of Finance) to deliver our petitions to raise our concerns to our employer (Government) and service provider.

“As employees we are finding it difficult to continue reporting for duty without our concerns being positively addressed,” he said.

Majongwe said they would be starting at Africa Unity Square before proceeding to government offices.

“The march shall happen on November 9 2018 between 12pm to 2pm.

“The procession shall start from Africa Unity Square head to New Government Complex and lastly to Mkwati  Building,” he said.

This comes after Members of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association recently threatened to down tools over poor working conditions.

In a letter dated October 9, addressed to the Chairman of the Health Board and copied to the Minister of health and child care and the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, the Doctors association said the government should meet their demands in order to avoid disruption of service delivery and loss of lives.

Some of the grievances the health service members have include shortages of drugs and basic equipment. The country is currently experiencing massive drug shortages.

The doctors claim that the situation has worsened and shortages have gone from a government pharmacy level to a private pharmacy level. Patients with chronic illnesses like hypertension and HIV are failing to access basic drugs even at private pharmacies, leading to an increase in the number of medical emergencies and morbidity and mortality.