Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) has said that doctors will continue with industrial action until they have agreed on reasonable salaries with the government.
The doctors said that they were not on strike but were incapacitated to report for duty and execute their duties and responsibilities. They say that they were now resorting to unsustainable measures including taking loans to be able to report for duty consistently.
ZHDA acting deputy president, Masimba Ndoro, told New Zimbabwe in an interview that the return of ZHDA acting president, Dr Peter Magombeyi who went missing on Saturday 14 September only to be found on the 19th of September, would not end the impasse between doctors and the State.
He added that although they love patients and their jobs, the working environment and salaries needed to be improved. Ndoro added:
We would want to have negotiations with our employer so that we resolve the impasse that is there. On Monday we will have a solidarity meeting to map the way forward with regards to the situation. We believe the mood is now ready for dialogue with the employer taking into consideration that lives are lost when such industrial actions happen.
We are not so sure when we will be back at work. There is need for tangible negotiations with the employer on a separate platform whereby we clearly come up with solutions.
The doctors who are demanding a 400% salary, indexed to the US dollar, rejected the government’s salary offers, which would see the lowest-paid worker earning ZW$1,023.
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