ZPNU president Robert Chiduku urged nurses to ignore the call made by a rival nurses union, the Zimbabwe Young Nurses Association (ZYNA), saying the organisation is part of the government’s plans to divide and confuse nurses.
ZYNA chairperson Tafadzwa Jackson had earlier implored nurses to go to work from December 25 to January 2 as a service to the nation.
Jackson also refuted claims that his union was a government-sponsored project to demoralise nurses. He said:
Whenever something good happens, people will always have negative comments to pass. Let the people judge. We are not getting anything from the government except for breakfast and lunch served by the hospitals. We use our own transport money.
Nurses at public hospitals have been reporting for duty two or three days a week saying they can longer afford transport costs to commute to work. This has negatively impacted public health delivery.