Zimbabwean state nurses have issued a 14-day notice to go on strike, alleging that the government has failed to address their concerns over working conditions.
In a notice to members dated May 23, the Zimbabwe Nurses Association said negotiations with the employer for improved working conditions had not provided positive results.
“This communication serves to inform you that negotiations that have been taking place with the employer have failed to yield positive results. Some of the issues tabled in today’s discussion include: cost of living adjustment; flexible working hours; vehicle loan scheme (and) working environment.
“Having failed to find a common position with the employer a deadlock has been declared. We are therefore issuing a notice to embark on an industrial action in the next 14 days if our grievances are not addressed,” the association said.
Zimbabwe’s public health sector has been plagued by labor disputes over the years with nurses and junior doctors striking over poor working conditions.
The government early this year agreed to allow nurses and other hospital staff to work three days a week to cushion them from expenses that could be incurred while they are at work.
“Government is failing to pay us well and it’s now work as you earn. That’s why we are working fewer days than before,” said a health worker who refused to be named.
Apart from better wages, the nurses also want the government to provide public health institutions with all the necessary drugs and equipment to make their work easier. Enditem