Tanzanian Teachers Fight Injunction
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The Tanzanian Teachers union lodged an appeal last week against the injunction which halted their planned strike earlier this month.
Meanwhile there were angry demonstrations of teachers on the day the strike was due to begin, protesting against the delay. The strike had been properly balloted for with the legal notice period and a huge majority in favour. Teachers angrily confronted union leaders of the Tanzanian Teachers' Union for delaying the strike saying they were determined to get the money which was owed to them. Some lay in the road outside the meeting in Dar Es Salaam.
Since that time many teachers having been engaging in a go slow and the government has been circulating forms round the schools insisting that teachers sign whether they are for or against the strike. TTU president Mkoba described this as intimidation.
Many other unions have condemned the government's action in using the courts to delay the strike including the mineworkers union and the Tanzanian Trades Union Congress. (See earlier posts for more background to the strike)
I've started a discussion on the forum to try to get input from the people who are involved.