By Marshall Bwanya
Zimbabwe State Universities Union of Academics (ZISUUA), has issued a statement threatening that all Lecturers with effect from 8 September 2019, will cease offering teaching services over government’s failure to review salaries.
ZISUUA reiterated that Lecturers were experiencing economic induced hardships as their eroded salaries could not keep up pace with 300 % hike of basic commodities.
“With effect from 8 September all state universities teaching staff (Lecturers), will no longer be able to offer their services due to the economic hardships that they are experiencing.
“This decision comes after realising efforts to seek redress on all state universities’ salaries have not yielded the desired outcome.
” The Ministry Of Higher Education and Tertiary Education, Science & Technology development have failed to provide answers or solutions to low standards of living and hardships that are being experienced by universities’, teaching staff,” said the statement.
Government had promised to review Lecturers salaries in July 2019 supplementary budget but failed to honour their end of the bargain.
ZISUUA accused government for being insensitive and taking Lecturers plight for granted as the current high cost of living has reduced them to poverty.
“While state universities’ showed patriotism, patience and order, as evidenced by their efforts to follow all formal negotiation, channels and procedures from the beginning of this difficult year, up to now, the high cost of living has rendered them poor and therefore unable to report to duty.
“They have stretched beyond the elasticity level, to an inevitable breaking point.
” All teaching staff will report for work when the situation improves,” said ZISUUA.