Workers at the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH), have notified management that they can no longer report for work as their salaries have been eroded by inflation.
To that end, they wrote a letter outlining the circumstances which have made it impossible for them to come to work and their expectations from the management. The letter reads:
We write to advise of the terrible situation that we as UBH health workers are facing as a result of massive inflation and requirement of USD for payment of almost every basic goods while our salaries are still pegged in RTGS.
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As such, we as dedicated workers would like to come to work as the interest of our patients come first. However, we can no longer afford food, accommodation, transport, fuel and any other basic commodity.
As we request an urgent review of our salaries in USD or RTGS at the prevailing interbank rate from the government, we urge the administration of UBH for temporary solutions to cushion workers.
We are not deciding a strike but we are now incapacitated to report to work, the situation is now unbearable. We, therefore, advise that from now as UBH health workers, we will report for duty when we can afford.
No head of a department will do a roll call unless they can provide transport, food and accommodation for the health worker concerned.