By Daniel Itai – The Zimbabwe Daily

Harare Zimbabwe – Some teachers Unions in Zimbabwe have slammed at the proposed US$36 COVID-19 allowance by the government which will take effect this month.

The allowance which is expected to last for three months has been viewed as a joke by Unions such as the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) and the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ).

“Issues of COVID-19 allowances and salary issues are separate issues as such, the government must not act as if COVID-19 allowances are a form of a salary.

Any poor citizen qualifies for  COVID-19 allowances and teachers fall in that bracket, the only biggest question is that how could the government limit the allowance to three months only while COVID-19 has spanned for more than four months now and it is still going on,” said Nation Mudzitirwa, (ARTUZ)’s national spokesperson.

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Dr. Takavafira Zhou, chairperson of PTUZ also lambasted at the proposed COVID-19 allowance, “the US$36 grant falls far short of teachers’ expectations given their qualifications and responsibilities, worse still it is a one armed banditry offer without proper engagement and that’s unacceptable.

What teachers want is the restoration of their salary’s purchasing power parity or payment of US$550 that teachers used to earn before October 2018 and a risk allowance of US$150. Anything less than this is callous, blatantly unfair labour practice and palpably unjust.”