The High Court has ruled that nurses can continue working flexible hours despite the noting of an appeal by the government against an earlier High Court decision granting that permission.
High Court judge Justice Happias Zhou on Friday granted the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) leave to execute a judgment granted in their favour to resume flexible time pending the hearing of an appeal filed by the government to the Supreme Court. Justice Zhou ruled:
Notwithstanding the noting of an appeal against the judgment of this honourable court dated November 20, the first to third respondents remain barred from implementing the directive by the third respondent on October 19.
On 20 November this year, High Court judge Justice Martin Mafusire ruled in favour of public sector nurses in their dispute with Vice President and Health and Child Care Minister Constantino Chiwenga over the termination of flexible working hours.
This was after ZINA had sued the Health Services Board, Health minister and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, and permanent secretary in the Health ministry Jasper Chimedza for unilaterally terminating nurses’ flexible hours.