Zim teachers, doctors threaten to strike over unpaid salaries

A statement from the teachers union, Zimta, said they were taking this action out of frustration and despair.

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HARARE - Zimbabwean teachers and doctors have said they will go on strike this week after the government failed to pay them their June salaries.

This industrial action by the public servants is the latest sign of growing frustration over Zimbabwe's economic crisis following violent protests last week in Beitbridge against new import controls.

Teachers and health workers will begin their industrial action on Tuesday, according to the main apex council, which represents civil servants unions.

A statement from the teachers' union, Zimta, said they were taking this action out of frustration and despair.

Members of the security services have been paid their June wages, albeit late, so they are not likely to be part of this strike.

The authorities had attempted to give these workers a $100 advance but that hasn't gone down well.

Army and police had to be deployed in Beitbridge at the weekend after violent demonstrations. On Sunday there was reported to be little traffic on either side of the border.