Teachers` planned strike has been shelved to July 23 this year, according to Mwanza Regional Tanzania Teachers’ Union Secretary Isaack Shaushi.
The strike was scheduled for July 5, this year but had to be shelved after the Commission for Mediation and Arbitration (CMA) delayed summoning the teachers and the government to appear before it to deliberate on the issue.
Shaushi said yesterday that the strike would be staged as planned but added that teachers have to follow procedure including referring the matter to the CMA as required the law to make it legal.
According to the laws governing labour relations, before workers go on strike they have to refer their dispute to the commission for mediation, and they can only go on strike if the dispute remains unresolved within 30 days of the referral.
Teachers are demanding 100 per cent salary increase, with science teachers demanding additional teaching allowance of 55 per cent increase and arts teachers demanding a 50 per cent increase.
This is the second time in a six month period for the teachers to threaten a walk out.
In January this year teachers threatened to strike to press for payment of 22.5bn/- arrears the government owed them.
The strike was however, cancelled after the government promised to pay part of the money. No details have been availed as to the turn out.