Sunday 24 February 2019

Zimbabwe teachers to strike amid cash crisis

Zimbabwean teachers will go on strike from today to press for salaries to be paid in US dollars. Stock photo
Zimbabwean teachers will go on strike from today to press for salaries to be paid in US dollars. Stock photo

MacDonald Dzirutwe

Zimbabwean teachers will go on strike from today to press for salaries to be paid in US dollars, a union said, as pressure builds on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to contain a runaway currency crisis.

Cash shortages have plunged Zimbabwe's financial system into disarray, threatening social unrest and undermining Mr Mnangagwa's efforts to win back foreign investors who were sidelined under his predecessor Robert Mugabe.

With not enough hard currency to back up funds showing in bank accounts, the value of electronic money has plummeted, prompting businesses and civil servants to demand payment in US dollars they can withdraw.

Just over four months into Mr Mnangagwa's contested presidency, the Zimbabwe Teachers' Union (ZIMTA) said its 44,000 members would strike as spiralling inflation has left them unable to buy basic goods and fuel that are in short supply. Government doctors have been on strike for more than a month over the same issue, while pharmacies demand payment in dollars.

Irish Independent

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