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Zimbabwe University Lecturers, In Slowdown, Expected To Strike Soon

University lecturers in Harare and Bulawayo have embarked on a slowdown which academic sources said could turn into a full-fledged strike later this week.

News reports said lecturers want a pay raise to Z$16 million a month for the lowest-paid instructor, compared with Z$900,000 at present.

Lecturers at the National University of Science and Technology were expected to go on strike tomorrow, sources said, while lecturers at the University of Zimbabwe in Harare were said to be planning to strike on Thursday, academic sources said.

Calls Tuesday to Bernard Njekeya, president of the Zimbabwe State Universities Union of Academics and chairman of the National Universities Science and Technology Educators Association went unanswered.

Information and Public Relations Director Felix Moyo of the National University of Science and Technology told reporter Patience Rusere of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that negotiations would continue as usual on Wednesday.

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