The Zimbabwe government will commence disciplinary hearings on Friday for striking junior doctors who have defied a government directive for them to return to work, information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said Tuesday.
She told a post-cabinet media briefing that the nearly two months strike by the junior doctors had paralyzed operations at the country’s major public hospitals in Harare and Bulawayo.
The junior doctors went on strike on Sept. 3 demanding a review of their salaries in line with the prevailing exchange rate.
In return, government offered them a 60 percent salary increment which they rejected saying it was not enough.
The Labor Court on Oct. 11 ruled the strike illegal and ordered the doctors to return to work within 48 hours.
However, the doctors have remained on strike citing incapacitation to return to work.
Mutsvangwa said government will only pay doctors who have not been on strike. Enditem