The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) in temporary closure after strike

The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has closed following continued strike by academic and non-academic staff who have joined other state university workers in an industrial action.

The strike prompted students to demonstrate today over food when the catering staff joined the strike.

In a statement signed by the UZ Registrar, Mr Sergeant Chevo, the institution of higher learning said it will be on recess from the 17th to the 24th of March 2015.
Mr Chevo said this is in order to address issues that require immediate attention.
The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has closed following continued strike by academic and non-academic staff who have joined other state university workers in an industrial action.
Earlier during the day, anti-riot police had to be deployed at the UZ campus as students demonstrated after they had been left with no food when non-academic staff joined the industrial action.

Government however says the state universities staff must go back to work as their grievances are being sorted out.

The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Cde Oppah Muchinguri told journalists in Harare that the staff’s money will be released starting Tuesday the 17th of March, while bonuses will be staggered.

UZ Vice Chancellor, Professor Levy Nyagura later told the ZBC News that there will only be a two day break following problems that have rocked the institution.

Lecturers at state universities went on strike when the institutions of higher learning opened a few weeks ago.

The non-academic staff joined the industrial action after they failed to receive their February salaries.
Meanwhile, the striking university lecturers say they welcome government’s undertaking to pay them their outstanding salaries and allowances.

Those in Bulawayo however said they will only come back to work when they receive what they are owed.

Secretary General and Acting President of university teachers, Dr Munetsi Ruzivo told the ZBC News that the academic and non-academic staff at UZ have resolved to go back to work.

The decision comes after government promised to avail money for their outstanding salaries and allowances.

Chairperson of the UZ Workers Committee, Mr Mapfumo Tafirenyika told the ZBC News that the non-payment of salaries was negatively affecting the performance of staff, leading to the industrial action.

On Friday last week, Midlands State University lecturers held a meeting and resolved not to report for duty until they are paid.

Great Zimbabwe University lecturers also joined the industrial action.

The government paid university lecturers their January salaries in mid-February and until this Tuesday the 17th of March, lecturers had not yet received their February salaries. ZBC

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