26 June 2020
Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) President, Obert Masaraure, was today arrested by Law and Order and transferred to Masvingo. His Lawyer Bhatasara of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, ZLHR has followed up to Masvingo.
The arrest follows the 22 June demonstration by ARTUZ members in Masvingo, demanding US$ salaries. It’s shocking that the state would criminalise genuine union activities guaranteed by the law and basic labour rights.We maintain that President Obert Masaraure is not a criminal but a unionist fighting for labour justice.
Trade unionism is not a crime and therefore we demand his immediate and unconditional release. As a union we will continue to fight for pro poor education and a living wage indexed at US$520.00 as per the collective bargaining agreement of 2012.
ARTUZ INFORMATION DEPARTMENT
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