HARARE Mayor Councillor Hebert Gomba says they have settled health workers’ outstanding eight month salary backlog following the demands by Zimbabwe Urban and Rural Council Nurses Association to have their wages increased.
By Kudakwashe Pembere
The aggrieved nurses want their salaries increased so that they would be cushioned against the prevailing economic meltdown.
Cllr Gomba said they await the National Employment Council to approve the salary reviews.
Our Council has paid eight months previously owed to our employees, we increased their salaries in the last month and are waiting for the national employment Cl to agree on new rates.
“We are hopeful all employee issues will always be attended to, and will try our best in this economy,” he said.
The Council had said they are working to ensure all striking nurses are paid their salaries by end of this week.
“Management has been tasked to engage the nurses to achieve a win-win scenario,” the Council said.
The ZURNCA president Simbarashe JamesTafirenyika said they wanted to be paid on time as well as having their salaries increased.
He said they were incapacitated.
“What we are saying is that the nurses from the City of Harare were not told not to go to work but they cannot go because the money they are supposed to be using for transport stipulated in the SI which says it should come every 28th day they haven’t received anything to date
“On this money they use it for transport. It is understandable that there are some nurses stay close to the clinics but they have nothing to eat there. So our plea to the council is for them to fix the issue. This has been going on since 2013 as they gave us money when they felt like, leaving us workers failing to budget and plan the money.
“At times the money would come on the 15th or without knowing what is happening,” he said.