“Teacher’s salary can only buy 20 loaves of bread”

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As bread prices continue to soar, public sector workers now compare and contrast their low wages with the number of loaves they can actually buy.

A loaf of bread in the country now costs between $600 and $945, well beyond the reach of many workers, the majority of whom earn $35,000 a month.

A teacher’s payslip seen by NewsDay yesterday revealed he was taking home $19,818, excluding the $75 COVID-19 allowance.

Following the latest bread increases, teachers across the country said a teacher’s salary was equivalent to 20 loaves of bread.

“This is an example of a rare pay stub for a teacher. It’s clean. No loan. Most teachers have three loan deductions and net about $9,000. The only money left significant is the 175 dollars (100 dollars salary) Remember this is a teacher who used to earn US$540 before October 2018,” said Tafadzwa Munodawafa, president of the Zimbabwe Union of Educators, adding that low wages were a travesty for the profession.

“Our members and the fellowship as a whole have made it clear that it is no longer possible to continue working despite the current economic difficulties. Currently, a teacher at the entry point earns roughly two dozen loaves of bread. It is absurd to say the least,” Munodawafa said.

“As a union, we have come to understand that the government does not respect the process of dialogue. The employer has continued to give us a hard time. Our real demands for a sustainable wage which should contribute to our system of pensions continue to be ignored. We have no choice but to organize to resist slave wages. I call on all leaders of teachers’ unions and other government workers’ unions to come together to chart a collective course as the members we represent expect of us.”

Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe President Obert Masaraure said: “Teachers only earn $20,000 a month (excluding COVID-19 and cushion allowance), a salary that can only pay $20 loaves of bread. Teachers are starving, and cannot afford to access basic services such as education, health care and housing, among others.”

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