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Zimbabwe: Teachers strike in Harare November 9

Teachers to protest in Harare on November 9; heightened security measures and localized traffic disruptions expected

08 Nov 07:57 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 11/8/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/10/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Harare). COUNTRY/REGION Harare

Event

The Progressive Teachers Union will conduct a planned protest march from 12:00 to 14:00 (local time) in Harare on Friday, November 9. The march will begin at Africa Unity Square, proceed down George Silundika Avenue to Fourth Street, and end at the Mukwati Building, which hosts several government ministries. Nationwide strikes are expected to accompany the protest on November 9. There are no reported demonstrations planned outside of Harare, although unscheduled protests cannot be ruled out. A heightened security presence and associated transportation disruptions are likely in the vicinity of the demonstration.

Context

Negotiations between the government and the Progressive Teachers Union regarding poor working conditions failed on November 5. The Apex Council, the governing body of civil servant unions, is not participating in the protests as it attempts to negotiate with the government. Meanwhile, the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union, which has sanctioned the strike, will likely not participate in the protest.

Advice

Individuals in Harare are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid protests and demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

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