ARTUZ Caught Offside Again

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has once again sparked controversy, this time on an international stage. ARTUZ recently filed a complaint with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), alleging hostility and persecution by the Zimbabwean government against union leaders and employees advocating for improved wages and working conditions.

The complaint, however, has been criticized for containing misleading information, falsely claiming that union members were harassed, arrested, and prosecuted for peaceful protests.

ARTUZ’s actions are not only baseless but also malicious. The mantra “Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo” underscores the belief that Zimbabwean problems should be solved by Zimbabweans themselves, not by Western nations. The West rarely assists African countries without demanding significant payback, often requiring detrimental concessions.

By aligning itself with foreign interests, ARTUZ has formalized its position as a puppet organization, joining figures like Tendai Biti, Hopewell Chin’ono, and Job Sikhala.

The Zimbabwean government has shown a commendable commitment to addressing the concerns of its employees, continually striving to enhance their well-being. If ARTUZ were a genuine union, it would seek constructive dialogue with President Mnangagwa rather than resorting to filing complaints with the ILO. Such reckless behavior damages ARTUZ’s reputation and yields no positive outcomes.

The Second Republic has been reviewing civil servants’ salaries annually, and sometimes twice a year, to match economic pressures and demands. Additionally, the government has initiated non-monetary incentives, such as housing, residential stands, transport rebates, free education for teachers’ children, and housing loans, to ensure a conducive standard of living for its workers.

ARTUZ has engaged in activism aimed at discrediting the government, often exaggerating situations by engaging the ILO and other Western stakeholders who advocate for regime change in Zimbabwe. Consequently, ARTUZ has lost its vision and has become a political entity. The government does not discuss workers’ welfare with political outfits.

Since its formation, ARTUZ has been known for inciting violent demonstrations in conjunction with the Zimbabwe National Students Union (ZINASU), an extension of the MDC, now CCC. These formations are known for causing havoc and rejecting peaceful dialogue, operating under a template designed by their Western handlers to create instability and justify claims of undemocratic governance.

Civil servants are advised to remain steadfast in their duties, as the government is aware of their plight and is working to improve their salaries and welfare.

The Second Republic respects labor rights, ensures safe working environments, and provides fair wages for its employees. There is no need to follow ARTUZ’s disruptive path. “Nyika inovakwa nevene vayo” — civil servants should remain loyal to their country and seek peaceful discourse with their employer whenever challenges arise.

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