Union bosses behind bars

HARARE - Zimbabwean police have arrested two union leaders in the capital Harare for inciting teachers to go on strike, a police spokesman said yesterday.

HARARE - Zimbabwean police have arrested two union leaders in the capital Harare for inciting teachers to go on strike, a police spokesman said yesterday.

"We have arrested Raymond Majongwe, the president of the Progressive Teachers' Union of Zimbabwe, for addressing teachers at a school in Mabelreign," police assistant commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said.

"He [Majongwe] was picked up together with somebody else.

"The two are still in police custody," he said.

Bvudzijena did not give the identity of the second person, who was arrested on Wednesday night, but he confirmed that he was a senior figure in the same union.

On Monday last week teachers across the country began industrial action, which appears to be indefinite, to press for better salaries and working conditions.

They are demanding a monthly salary increase of R15000.

l Meanwhile, 10 students who were arrested on Tuesday for participating in an illegal demonstration are still in police custody.

One of those arrested was on the police's wanted list for skipping bail, Bvudzijena said. - Sapa-AFP

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