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MSU, NUST lecturers go on strike over unpaid February salaries

18 Mar 2015

MIDLANDS Midlands State University (MSU) lecturers have embarked on an industrial action, protesting the late payment of February salaries.

The lecturers downed tools on Monday following a meeting held at the university’s main campus last Friday came up with a resolution that they (lectures) should not report for duty until they are paid.

In a statement, the Midlands State University Lectures’ Association (Msula) said members could not continue to report for work on empty stomachs or travel to the place of employment on foot.

“Our members will not be reporting for work until and unless they receive their salaries because, as it stands, we have no transport money and neither do we have food in our homes.

“It is a difficult task to impart knowledge and wisdom on an empty stomach,” the union said.

The university has been struggling to pay lecturers’ salaries on time since last year and has been shifting pay dates without notice.

The lectures accused government of violating the Labour Act that salaries should be paid on or before the last day of the respective working month.

Most lecturers who spoke on condition of anonymity told NewZimbabwe.com that they would continue with the strike until their demands are met.

NUST lecturers down tools

LECTURERS and non-academic staff at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) reportedly went on strike Tuesday demanding that government pays them outstanding February salaries.

The decision was announced at a meeting addressed by the Nust Educators Association (Nusteda) at the university’s campus.

At the meeting, NewZimbabwe.com understands that Nusteda members unanimously agreed to down tools until they are paid their dues.

Lectures who spoke to this publication vowed not to return to work until the government honours its obligation.

“We met as academic and non-teaching staff and agreed to down our tools until government pays us our February salaries and December bonuses.

“This time the strike will cripple operations at the university because even the non-teaching staff have also joined in,” said a lecturer who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Efforts to get a comment from Nusteda president Alois Muzuwe were fruitless as he was not answering his mobile phone.

Last week Great Zimbabwe University lecturers and non-teaching staff went on strike, protesting non-payment of their salaries since January and their outstanding December bonuses.

If government does not take immediate action, the situation is likely to spread to other state universities as the state battles to keep the economy afloat-New Zimbabwe.com