INTRODUCTION: In Salisbury, hundreds of demonstrating teachers were arrested on Tuesday (20 October) after a noisy protest outside the Education Minister's office for more pay.The teachers want the gap between their pay and that of their headmasters reduced.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Salisbury, hundreds of demonstrating teachers were arrested on Tuesday (20 October) after a noisy protest outside the Education Minister's office for more pay.The teachers want the gap between their pay and that of their headmasters reduced.
SYNOPSIS: It was on the second day of protest that the arrests came.On the previous day, up to a thousand teachers had demonstrated outside the minister's office without getting inside to see him.Early on Tuesday they began gathering again.
The police were waiting for them but there were no problems at first.The teachers are protesting because in Zimbabwe a headmaster can earn up to ten times more than a teaching assistant and more than double a fully qualified teacher.
They say the Minister promised to rectify the problem early this year (January) and lit was because there had been no action they decided to protest.Most of these teachers are from schools in and around the capital but there were also strikes by teachers in outlying schools.
After more than a day, the protest got out of hand and the police moved in.Altogether seven hundred and fifty teachers were arrested.However, they were all released later that night without being charged but with a warning that in future there would be no leniency shown.
The warning went unheeded and the following day (21 October) there were wildcat strikes by government workers all over Zimbabwe, all demanding more pay.They included nurses, teachers, and doctors.In the central town of Gatooma, one hundred and forty teachers and nurses were arrested under special regulations gazetted by the government last week designed to curb political activity.The national news agency reported that the strikes occurred in all cities with the capital, Salisbury, most severely hit despite the government's tough stand.
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