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What is the relationship between the Progressive Teachers' Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and other civic organisation?

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PTUZ is both a trade union and a civic body. The Union is part of the wider civic society family. The PTUZ has a naturalistic perspective of trade unionism. The Union does not view trade unionism as restricted to workplace issues only but as dealing with broader issues of governance, human rights, justice, gender equity, HIV and AIDS, corruption and the pursuit of the national development agenda. Using this window theory, the PTUZ has built relationships with other civic organisations like the National Constitutional Assembly (NCA), Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) and Zimbabwe Elections Support Network (ZESN).

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Why is the PTUZ affiliated to the ZCTU?

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The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is the only genuine and independent national labour centre. Teachers are workers in every respect. It is therefore imperative that through their sector trade union they should belong to the national workers’ movement. Teachers’ struggles like the fight for harmonisation of labour laws and for the right to organise and collective bargaining can be tackled successfully at the national level.


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What is the relationship between PTUZ and opposition political parties like the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)?

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The PTUZ is an independent teacher trade union that carries a mandate from teachers and lecturers who are its members. If by any chance the PTUZ agenda resonates with that of opposition forces or the ruling party, it is by democratic overlapping consensus. PTUZ will not disagree with the MDC that the sun sets in the west for fear of being labelled MDC.

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Should teachers participate in national politics as individuals?

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Teachers like every citizen in Zimbabwe have a political stake in the affairs of the state. They have an inviolable natural and legal right to participate actively in the politics of the land. The Constitution of Zimbabwe confers the freedom of association on all citizens. Further Statutory Instrument 58A of 2001 (Public Service [Amendment] Regulations) amends paragraph 20 of the First Schedule (Acts of Misconduct) of Statutory Instrument 1 of 2000 (Public Service Regulations, 2000) to give teachers and other members of the Public Service, except judicial officers, the express legal right to engage in activities politics