Let econ­omy im­prove, clam­our for more

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EDI­TOR. — The call by Fed­er­a­tion of Zim­babwe Ed­u­ca­tors’ Union (FZEU), a new coali­tion of all trade unions that rep­re­sent teach­ers to de­mand 100 per cent salary hike is un­jus­ti­fied espe­cially when the new ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa is tire­lessly work­ing on the re­cov­ery of the econ­omy.

While it is within the right of ev­ery em­ployee to ask their em­ployer to in­crease salaries there are in­ci­dences where one needs to look at the dy­nam­ics at play in the econ­omy.

The Zim­bab­wean econ­omy can­not af­ford the in­creases be­ing de­manded first by health per­son­nel and now teach­ers at the mo­ment.

In­deed teach­ers, nurses, doc­tors and any other Govern­ment De­part­ments need to be sus­tain­ably re­mu­ner­ated but con­sid­er­ing the econ­omy has been stag­nant for the last two decades, there is need for self-in­tro­spec­tion by those who are mak­ing these de­mands lest we con­clude they have other ne­far­i­ous agen­das.

The ed­u­ca­tors like any other Govern­ment worker might not be get­ting what is due to them but so is ev­ery other work­ers, re­mu­ner­a­tion is never enough at any given time. What ev­ery worker should be pray­ing for is that the new ad­min­is­tra­tion which has in the past few months man­aged to at­tract in­vestors bring­ing sub­stan­tial bil­lions of dol­lars in the econ­omy con­tin­ues to do so and the econ­omy emerges from the woods it has been these past two decades for the ben­e­fit of every­one.

The per­for­mance of the econ­omy dur­ing the short stint of the new ad­min­is­tra­tion is point­ing to­wards grad­ual eco­nomic sta­bil­i­sa­tion and good prospects for growth.

The call by FZEU spokesper­son, Manuel Nyau, that enough is enough and in the process con­demn­ing Govern­ment for not tak­ing them se­ri­ously should be viewed as state­ment preg­nant with a lot of emo­tions de­void of rea­son­ing.

The bot­tom line is that the in­dus­tries should be re­sus­ci­tated, and un­til the coun­try reaches the stage where we have three shifts sys­tem in in­dus­tries like we used to have in the past and 24 hour sound of ma­chines deaf­en­ing the ears of the passer-byes then we can talk of in­cre­ments.

Cur­rently, Govern­ment’s pri­or­ity is to bring in for­eign di­rect in­vest­ments and that can only be done through re- en­gage­ment with other na­tions.

Dur­ing his in­au­gu­ra­tion last year, Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa said Zim­babwe can­not con­tinue to be iso­lated from the rest of the world.

Fi­nance min­is­ter Pa­trick Chi­na­masa and Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe governor John Magudya are cur­rently in China ahead of Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa of­fi­cial visit to the Asian eco­nomic gi­ant this month, as part of govern­ment re- en­gage­ment process to re­vive the econ­omy

Against this back­ground, var­i­ous Govern­ment unions should re­alise that the new ad­min­is­tra­tion is work­ing tire­lessly to make Zim­babwe work again and these threats of strikes and such do not help mat­ters.

The 14 day ul­ti­ma­tum for Govern­ment to re­spond to the Fed­er­a­tion and fail­ure to which they in­tend to em­bark on a na­tional strike is un­jus­ti­fied and should be con­demned by ev­ery right think­ing Zim­bab­wean.

Vir­i­mayi Chidembo.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa

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