Harare - Zimbabwean teachers have rejected a government offer of $100 advance payment, reports said on Wednesday.
According to NewsDay, teachers unions in the southern African country blasted the government for negotiating in bad faith after the money started reflecting in their bank accounts on Tuesday before they had made consultations on the matter.
The teachers union further stated that they were preparing to embark on an industrial action on Friday, July 1 if their salaries were not paid.
According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, the biggest teachers union, the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) said its members had been angered by government's decision and were "ready for anything".
The Zimta boss Sifiso Ndlovu said the union would not be able to contain its angry members as they were ready to shut down the government.
"…what is coming out is anger and we have to manage that anger such that it is not converted into something else. My fear is that government may shut down if we are not careful. It does not need to be handled with arrogance," Ndlovu was quoted as saying.
This came a day after the cash strapped government had offered state workers an advance payment of $100, pending the full payment next month.
According to a previous News24 report, the Zimbabwean government announced that it would delay paying June salaries for the military and police by up to two weeks.
It said other workers on the state payroll would only receive their salaries next month.
- News 24