Zimbabwe teachers threaten strike as term begins

AP News
Posted: May 10, 2011 7:17 AM
Zimbabwe teachers threaten strike as term begins

Teachers in Zimbabwe are threatening to strike over their demands for pay and an end to intimidation by police and security officials.

Leaders of a major teachers' labor organization say the lowest-paid teachers want their $130 monthly earnings at least doubled. The strike threat comes as schools opened this week for the new term.

Teachers' union leader Takavafira Zhou said in a Tuesday statement that surveillance and harassment of teachers by police agents "surpasses our understanding."

Teachers and pupils were forced to participate in political propaganda by militants of President Robert Mugabe's party who also accused them of sympathizing with the former opposition in the nation's troubled two-year coalition.