The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has petitioned the government over COVID-19 allowances and regrading. The Union said some of its members attained higher qualifications hence the need to regrade them. ARTUZ also wants the government to give teachers’ aides COVID-19 allowances arguing that they face the same risk as teachers. We present ARTUZ’s petitions in full below.
RE: Petition on teacher re-grading and COVID 19 allowance.
We the teachers of Zimbabwe, categorized as grade C by the employer and organizing under the Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, ARTUZ;
Aggrieved by the employers’ failure to re-grade the majority of us who have acquired higher qualifications including diplomas, undergraduate Degrees and Masters Degrees;
Angered by the move to exclude us from the 10% COVID 19 allowance meant for teachers;
Realising that we are exposed to the COVID19 risk like other teachers;
Noting that Section 56 of Zimbabwe’s constitution outlaws discrimination;
Do hereby petition your esteemed office to;
Re-grade all Grade C teachers who have attained higher qualifications;
Disburse 10% COVID19 allowance to all teachers since they are confronted by the same risk.
We are giving your esteemed office 7 days to respond to our humble petition.