Universities Close As Lecture Recieve No Bonus
STATE universities’ teaching and non-teaching staff have given government a 14-day ultimatum to pay their 2015 bonuses, failing which they would embark on a strike.
The employees, through their Zimbabwe State Universities Associations (ZSAU) representatives met at the Midlands State University last Thursday where they agreed to down tools should their employer fail to pay bonuses.
Government has been shifting goal posts in paying bonuses for the workers with proposed dates changed a number of times since the beginning of this year.
“Zimbabwe State Universities Staff Representatives met at Midlands State University on the 25th of July 2016 and on this day resolved to embark on industrial action after the issue and expiry of this 14 working day notice to demand the payment of 2015 bonuses,” read part of a letter by ZSAU to all Zimbabwe State Universities Council chairpersons dated July 25 2016 seen by NewZimbabwe.com
“By copy of this letter all Zimbabwe State Universities Councils (Employers) are hereby served with this letter of intention to embark on industrial action.”
The letter, which was co-signed by ZSAU non-teaching staff president, Readforward Dube and teaching staff president, Alois Muzvuwe was also copied to all state universities’ vice chancellors, registrars and permanent secretaries in the ministries of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development and Finance and Economic Development respectively.
Since the beginning of the year the cash strapped government has been failing to pay civil servants on time with dates changed on several