Harare – Zimbabwean teachers have threatened to down tools if President Robert Mugabe's government goes ahead with its plans to delay their June salaries, a report said on Monday.
According to New Zimbabwe, the biggest teachers' trade union in the country vowed to go on strike on June 22 if the government did not pay its members their salaries as expected.
The Zimbabwe Teachers Association said that the delay in the payment of the teachers' salaries was an "insult" to them.
This came just a day after reports said that umbrella body of civil service unions had snubbed a crisis meeting called by Public Service Minister Prisca Mupfumira to tackle government’s failure to mobilise money for their June salaries.
Apex Council president Cecilia Alexander was cited as saying that the civil servants body had rejected the meeting due to government’s failure of properly invite them and set out a clear agenda.
However, according to Mupfumira, her department was also shocked by the delay in the payment of the salaries.
Mupfumira said the decision to delay civil servant service workers their June salary was made without her ministry's involvement.
The Zimbabwean government announced on Monday 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.
Zimbabwe has delayed paying its employees for nearly a year due to revenue problems, but this was the first time the salaries had been delayed so long.
A report by the Herald newspaper on Wednesday, however, indicated that the Apex Council had since agreed to meet with the government.
Three government ministers including central bank governor Dr John Mangudya would meet with the civil servants representatives.
- News 24