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In pursuit of its objectives, the PTUZ has put up a wide range of programmes and schemes to service its members. Below are the membership services currently in place.

1. Training
The PTUZ offers intensive training to Union activists in human rights, democracy and governance, labour law, trade union education, child labour and HIV/AIDS issues. The trainings are tailored to fashion out teacher trade unionists who are well informed and capable of acting in defence of the education system, children and teachers’ rights.

2. Legal Assistance
Our members must feel safe as they execute their duties at their various stations. In the past teachers have been subjected to victimisation, unfair labour practices and dismissals. The PTUZ has put in place a legal fund and has trained paralegals to make representations on behalf of members who are facing misconduct charges or are aggrieved by the conduct of their superiors.

3. Support to Victims of Human Rights Violations
The PTUZ has consistently lobbied government, the police and other stakeholders to protect teachers from political victimisation. As a Union we have established an emergency relief Fund to assist the spouses and children of teachers who were killed or displaced due to the political violence that rocked the country during and after the 2000 parliamentary, 2002 presidential, 2008 harmonised and presidential run-off elections.

4. Campaigns, Commemorations, Advocacy and Lobbying
The PTUZ occasionally engages in non-violent social campaigns to sensitise the general public on matters affecting the education system, children and teachers. Running in tandem to such campaigns, the Union annually commemorates important days such as International Women’s Day, Day of the African Child, International Day against Chid Labour, World AIDS Day, and World Teachers’ Day. In addition, the PTUZ periodically convenes public meetings creating a platform for public discourse on educational issues and the demands placed on teachers as a direct result of unfolding social, economic and political events.

5. Networking
It is our belief that the challenges faced by teachers cannot be overcome by working in isolation. The PTUZ strives to integrate teachers to the greater civic society family locally and abroad. This arrangement has helped the Union to approach issues affecting teachers and the education sector in a holistic manner. Pursuant to this belief, the PTUZ has affiliated to the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (ZESN), Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD), and Association of Non-aligned Teacher Unions in Southern Africa (ANTUSA).

6. Speaking Out
One of the greatest contributions that the PTUZ has done in Zimbabwe is to speak out fearlessly on behalf of the suffering community of teachers. The PTUZ has established itself as the voice that agitates for social action, the voice that confronts injustices and the voice that demands accountability from public authorities.

7. Empowerment of Women Teachers
The Union is aware of the fact that over 55% of teachers in the country are women and yet they remain marginalised in the profession. There are programmes in place to encourage women to be more actively involved in trade union affairs. The PTUZ runs women training workshops on human rights, democracy, governance and HIV/AIDS. During the workshops female teachers also discuss general issues affecting them at work and those affecting single mothers and widows in the teaching profession.

8. Child Labour Campaigns
The PTUZ has entered into a coalition with the General Agriculture and Plantation Workers Union (GAPWUZ), African Network for the Protection and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN). The three organisations are heading a formation called the Coalition against Child Labour in Zimbabwe (CACLAZ). This is an arm to fight all forms of child labour in Zimbabwe.

There is inequitable access to free antiretroviral drug treatment in Zimbabwe. Most teachers, just like other citizens who test HIV positive and are clinically due for ART are failing to get ARVs through the public health delivery system. In June 2006, the PTUZ demonstrated at the National AIDS Council (NAC) offices in Harare demanding equitable access to ARVs by infected teachers. NAC responded to the Union’s petition, delivered by the demonstrators, by inviting the Union leadership for a meeting. At the meeting the Union leaders learnt that government had a ten percent 10% capacity to provide ARVs to those in need. Faced with this situation, the PTUZ introduced a monthly HIV/AIDS Levy on its membership subscriptions. The scheme, which started in August 2008, created the PTUZ HIV/AIDS Fund. The Union is resources from the Fund to buy ARVs for infected and contributing members only.

10. Bereavement Assistance
Union members contribute a compulsory amount towards the Bereavement Fund. The amount deducted which is deducted monthly, is adjusted from time to time. The level of bereavement assistance is also adjusted upwards as and when the bereavement levy is upped. The Fund offers support to members or surviving spouses on the death of a parent, child, spouse or member. The support is in the form of cash disbursements only.