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Parly, teachers meet over salary erosion

By Daniel Chigundu

Teacher organisations in the country are expected to meet with Parliament today to give oral evidence on their salary dispute with the government which has been dragging since the start of the year.

Like most civil servants, teachers are demanding salaries which are in line with the current rate of inflation or one which is based on the value of their October 2018 salaries.

The government though it has been boasting of a budget surplus, still maintains that it has no money to meet the demand and has been making offers which the teachers have been rejecting.

In its weekly schedule of committee meetings, Parliament said the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare will have a “joint meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education to receive oral evidence from the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) and the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) on the petition by ZIMTA on the erosion of teachers’ salaries due to Inflation”.

Below are some of the committees which are open for this week:

Monday 22nd July at 10.00 am

Portfolio Committee:  Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services

Oral evidence from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage; Commissioner General of Police and Immigration Department on challenges faced by their departments at ports of entry

Venue: Committee Room No. 311

Portfolio Committee:  Environment and Tourism

Oral evidence from the Forestry Commission Board on challenges facing the forestry sector

Venue: Committee Room No. 413

Portfolio Committee:  Transport and Infrastructural Development

Oral evidence from ZINARA on the state of affairs at the Parastatal

Venue: National Assembly Chamber

Monday 22nd  July at 2 pm

Thematic Committee: HIV and AIDS

Oral evidence from the  Permanent Secretary for Finance and Economic Development on the US$ 6 million outstanding payment to the Global Fund

Venue: National Assembly Chamber

Portfolio Committee:  Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare

Joint meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Primary and Secondary Education to receive oral evidence from the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) and the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) on the petition by ZIMTA on the erosion of teachers’ salaries due to Inflation.

Venue: National Assembly Chamber

Tuesday 23rd  July at 10 am

Portfolio Committee:  Health and Child Care

Oral evidence from the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Health and Child Care on the operations of the Mental Health Tribunal Review Board

Venue: Committed Room No. 1

Portfolio Committee:  Lands, Agriculture, Climate, Water and Rural Resettlement

Oral evidence from the Tobacco Industry Marketing Board on challenges faced during the 2019 tobacco marketing season

Venue: Senate Chamber

Portfolio Committees: Foreign Affairs and International Trade & Industry and Commerce

Oral evidence from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on government’s policy thrust on economic diplomacy

Venue: National Assembly Chamber

Thursday 25th  July at 10 am

Portfolio Committee: Information, Media and Broadcasting Services

Oral evidence from Transmedia Corporation on contractual terms with MultiChoice Media

Venue: Senate Chamber

 

 SOURCE: VERITAS ZIMBABWE

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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