Harare City Council nurses who embarked on industrial action this Monday have said that they will not return to work until their demands are met.
This comes after Council acting human capital director, Mathew Marara on Tuesday declared the strike illegal and ordered the nurses to immediately return to work, failure of which disciplinary action would be taken against them.
Speaking to the News Day on Wednesday, Zimbabwe Urban and Rural Council Nurses Workers’ Union (ZURCNWU) secretary-general, Tedious Chisango said that nurses are incapacitated to go to work. Chisango said:
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We have also clearly indicated to the council to pay us our salaries at the current interbank rate, not the peanuts we are getting. On my contract of employment I signed for a salary of US$940 not ZW$1200
This comes after the central government has just fired 77 doctors for not reporting for duty as they also cite incapacitation.
The industrial action by Harare City nurses is a huge blow to the public health sector which was already in a parlous state due to shortages in medicines, equipment and personnel after doctors downed tools on the 3rd of September this year.
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