Zimbabwe teachers’ strike gets mixed results

A planned strike by teachers in Zimbabwe over poor wages and the rising cost of living has yielded mixed results.

Tens of thousands had been asked to stay at home.

There was strong support for the strike in the opposition stronghold of Bulawayo, but in the capital Harare, most reported for work.

Unions said the teachers had faced intimidation and feared losing their jobs in a country where the basic cost of living has increased dramatically over the last month.

At the weekend, the price of bread was hiked by over 60% percent.
Demonstrations against a fuel hike in January led to a brutal crackdown by security forces, in which 12 people died.