Zimbabwe's public sector unions are divided Wednesday because of whether it will launch a national strike after the collapse of government wage negotiations, leaving the country on the verge of more ups and downs.
Zimbabwe has shaken a violent protest three days in mid-January, leading to a brutal crackdown on security.
A powerful response from the security forces has caused fears that the country under President Emmerson Mnangagwa will return to the kind of authoritarianism he has seen during the 37-year rule of Robert Mugabe.
Mnangagv's spokeswoman said the soldiers would stay in the streets, and the state would re-block the Internet if violence came in.
Teachers and other state workers are looking for wage increases and dollar payments to help them prevent rising inflation and an economic crisis that has reduced cash, fuel and drug stores in state hospitals.
Human rights groups say at least 12 people were killed this month after a three-day strike in the house due to increased fuel prices that led to street protests and crackdown on security services. The government announced that three people were killed.
At a meeting with trade unions, the government suggested that land for building houses and food for employees, union officials said. Public sector unions issued an ultimatum Monday to the government for 48 hours to offer a new salary or face a strike.
The Apex Council, representing 17 unions in the public sector, was unable to agree whether to hold a strike during a brief meeting that broke up as officials accused them of having worked for the opposition or the government.
"The Apex Council meeting has ended too soon and people have come out. There is no consensus, how will we strike when our trade unionists come and say some unions are paid?" said Raymond Majongwe, Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Progressive Teachers Union.
He said his union was among those accused of being paid by opposition and donors to strike and cause violence, the accusations he refused.
The biggest teacher syndicate called for a strike on February 5th.
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Mnangagwa – who came to power in November 2017 after a long-time ruler of Mugabe was forced to resign in a coup – promised a revival of the economy and a break with Mugabe's policy. But frustration for the economic crisis is being built and analysts say the pace of economic and political reform is too slow for impatient citizens.
Mnangagva has chosen Wedneaday's 24-member Advisory Council to advise on economic reforms, a source from the government said.
The 76-year-old leader promised to investigate the crackdown on protesters and to take measures to combat the economic crisis, but the opposition does not trust him.
His spokesman said it would take time for a renewed economy that had suffered decades.
"There are key questions about bread and butter that the government can not avoid, things are tough," George Charamba told the state radio station in Harare.
"But it would be a sad day to think that the only way we can solve such a problem is causing further damage to this already damaged economy through riots, robberies, chaos."
Charamba said police and soldiers would stay on the street and the government would shut down the internet again if violence came out. Earlier, he said fragmentation was the consequence of the attack, so that the government would react to future protests.