State robs teachers

The government must start respecting public sector unions and the collective bargaining process. Its rigid 6percent pay increase offer year in and year out makes a mockery of negotiations.

The government must start respecting public sector unions and the collective bargaining process. Its rigid 6percent pay increase offer year in and year out makes a mockery of negotiations.

Cabinet ministers already earn about four times the average salary of teachers, but their increases are more than double.

If teachers strike the government must be blamed. To mobilise public opinion against teachers while ignoring the escalating food and fuel prices is "bad-faith negotiations".

As a taxpayer I give the government a mandate to double its offer in the interest of the education of my children.

Every strike will have casualties and union members can not be blamed for exercising their constitutional right. Public sector strikes are nothing but a fight to put bread on the table.

Low-paid workers spend almost 80 percent of their wages on food. With food prices being so high, the 12 percent demand is actually much lower.

Health professionals will continue emigrating to foreign lands and work for the private sector if the government continues like this.

Andrew Nkoenyane, Ennerdale

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