The Zimbabwe Universities Union members met today on 18 November 2020 in the Minister’s boardroom (Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Innovation, Science and Technology Development) at 1100hours and resolved that the situation in our universities is no longer attainable. The salaries buying power has been eroded and as a result, universities staff are poorly remunerated.
The Union has therefore resolved to exercise the right of workers as enshrined in the labour Act 28:01, Section 104.
The employees are aggrieved as follows:
The State universities salaries have lost value and have been eroded whilst services, utilities and basic commodities are quoted in United State Dollars or foreign currency.
The employer has neglected the agreement to meet the regional parity level salaries for state universities.
The state universities employees have been denied to exercise their right to negotiate as enshrined in the Labour Act.
The state universities employees hereby demand that;
The purchasing power of State universities employees’ salaries be retained to the level of July 2018 salaries.
The employees demand that the employer makes urgent steps to attain the regional level salary scales as per the agreement of 2010.
The employer must urgently redress the salary disparity created in October 2019 (NDI/01).
The above are employees’ demands. We are therefore giving notice to engage in a collective job action. The notice to strike is with effect from 23 November 2020.
University of Zimbabwe
National University of Science and Technology
Zimbabwe Open University
Great Zimbabwe University
Harare Institute of Technology
Chinhoyi University of Technology
Gwanda State University
Midlands State University
Bindura University of Science Education
Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
Lupane State University
Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences