Teachers in Zimbabwe have called on the government to reverse the recent changes made to the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare which saw Public Service being transferred to the Office of the President and Cabinet.
In a statement, Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) who claim to be the largest teachers` trade union said the recent adjustments are a threat to their liberties as workers.
“As far as workers are concerned, it is clear that there are serious violation of the Zimbabwean Constitution in respect of the of the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare as well as the shift of the Civil Service to the Office of the President and Cabinet,” read the statement.
Educators are considering the move as a fragmentation of their lobby power in engaging the government over grievances.
“We have observed that this is a serious threat and a disregard for the Labour Rights of Civil Servants as provided for in Section 65 (5) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. We are concerned about the illegality of the move, which we believe is setting the stage to destroy all harmonisation of labour laws as well as the collective bargaining of the Civil Serice,” ZIMTA said.
They allege that workers were not consulted and learnt of the new order through media reports.
When President Mnangagwa took over leadership of the country, he expressed discomfort with the state of the civil service, a move which must have inspired the adoption of the sector under his arm.
Civil servants were facing uncertainties over pay dates over the years, which had become erratic and inconsistent, the situation has comperatively changed for the better with promise for more.
During the period, teachers threatened strike together with other professionals lending their labour to the government.
Observers say the agitation by ZIMTA is unjustified as the move by the new government seeks to rectify civil service concerns directly under the President`s eye.