Nurses Strike: Govt Ignores Nurses’ Ultimatum, Sends Dismissal Letters

The Health Services Board (HSB) has ignored an ultimatum from the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) to disregard Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s directive to fire all striking nurses. Instead, the HSB has risked possible litigation by sending out letters of dismissal to the affected nurses to regularise the dismissals.

A letter written by HSB executive director Ruth Kaseke to the affected nurses reads,

This letter serves to communicate the decision by the Health Services Board (HSB) to summarily dismiss you from employment with effect from 17 April 2018 in terms of section 58 (i) (c) (ii) of the Health services regulations Statutory Instrument 117 of 2006 which provides as follows:

“…if the board has reason to believe that a member has declared or taken part in, or advised, encouraged, incited or commanded, aided or procured another person to declare or take part in a work stoppage or continuation of a work stoppage the board may summarily dismiss the member from health service.

The basis of your dismissal is that the board has reason to believe that you took part in a work stoppage on 16 and or 17 April 2018 notwithstanding that in terms of the Labour (Declaration of essential services) Notice Statutory Instrument 137 of 2003 nurses are designated essential service providers who are restricted from embarking on a work stoppage.

Chiwenga’s decision has been widely criticised and lawyers have advised the nurses to take the matter to the courts.

More: New Zimbabwe


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3 comments on “Nurses Strike: Govt Ignores Nurses’ Ultimatum, Sends Dismissal Letters

  1. This HSB is headed by useless people they saying that nonsense because of fear of Chiwenga, everybody knows that what the government did is illegal.I think the fight is not over this is a Democratic country and we say no to authoritarianism so the way forward now is to take the matter to the courts ,I ZINA will take this bold move as soon as possible

    1. Iwe mari yekubhadhara manurse iwayo inobvepi. What has changed that warrants such a pay hike. They are useless these nurses. Always complaining, rude and offering subpar service. Vamwe wenyu mungori anti-Zanu nomatter the case. The nurses signed a contract that dictates the terms of employment. They violated said terms and deserve to be fired.

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