The Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZiNA) has called off the industrial action and urged its members, who were fired by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga on Wednesday 18 April, to report for work for work starting next week Monday. Government had however started the process of recruiting nurses to replace those that were dismissed for striking.
ZiNA notified its members that it will go on with its High Court application challenging the dismissal of nurses by Chiwenga. The nurses said they have called off the strike to reopen negotiations and protect its members. The statement by ZiNA reads:
It is highly regrettable that our cause of Collective job action has been highly politicised. This has portrayed us in bad light.
If you recall government said it had offered us US$17.1m payable on 19/04/2018 but this promise never came into fruition because they sighted that they can only pay those on duty. Since the announced summarily dismissal of Nurses no negotiation has taken place with the employer because we are deemed dismissed.
To pave way for re-opening of Negotiations and protection of our Workers we have decided to call off the Industrial Action.
The scheduled meeting with the minister today did not take place.
Our court application still remains on course and papers have been served to the defendant and we anticipate the court to seat soon to determine our case.
We therefore encourage all our members to report on duty by Monday. Thank you for your continued support.