September 7, 2020

Shut up, APEX council tells Majongwe

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Takudzwa Chihambakwe

Zimbabwe’s civil servant representative body, the Apex Council, says the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) should not block salary talks by solely focusing on the council’s tenure.

The PTUZ pulled out of the Apex Council in 2019, and has often accused the grouping’s leadership of failing to represent the interests of civil servants effectively.

Tensions escalated last week as civil servants prepared for salary negotiations with Government.

The PTUZ argues the present leadership should not participate in the talks following the expiry of its tenure in early 2020.

However, outgoing Apex Council Chairperson Cecilia Alexander maintains the meeting should proceed.

“PTUZ made its choice that they will not participate in anything to do with the Apex Council and it is their right to do so,” Alexander fumed.

“I would have really become worried if the unions we represent were saying this because everything that we do is people-oriented and is done in consultation with them.

“If PTUZ wants to return, they should simply say so. We are ready to engage with them.”

 PTUZ secretary-general Raymond Majongwe responded: “All we did was express our displeasure over the way in which the council was being run. If it is properly constituted, we will be back in the next second.

“All we did not want was for Cecilia Alexander, a matron at Victoria Primary, to lead teachers when we knew that she lacked the competence, the proper collective bargaining acumen and the charisma to carry the workers forward.”

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