Nurses Call Off Strike, Say They Have Patients’ Welfare At Heart, Accuse Govt Of Insincerity

The Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) has called off the strike and ordered all nurses to return to work. The nurses had joined the strike started by doctors, protesting against inadequate remuneration, poor working conditions and lack of essential drugs and supplies. ZINA said that it came to the decision after noting that the government is no sincere in its negotiations. The nurses also said that they were guided by a concern for the welfare of patients.

In a letter written to all nurses, ZINA said,

As the National Executive have learnt with a heavy heart that the Government is not sincere with nurses working conditions and it is not taking the nurses grievances with the urgency they deserve.

Due to the fact that we have patients at heart and after consultation with provinces, we have decided to call off the industrial action with the condition that night duty should be paid without the need of a claim form, while other grievances are being pursued. viz:

Medical / risk factor allowance:
Uniform maintenance
Review of locum rates
Availability of resources

We are kindly requesting our members to report for duty with effect from tomorrow 19th March 2018.  Once more, let me take this opportunity to thank all nurses who participated in this industrial action.

However, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association has vowed to continue with the strike saying that Minister of Health David Parirenyatwa was lying about having come to an agreement with the doctors.

Also Read:

Doctors Vow To Continue With Strike, Say We Did Not Agree To Get 50% Of $1.50, Claim Parirenyatwa Is Lying


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