ZIMBABWEAN nurses who downed tools 48 days ago have indicated that their position has not changed despite the recent appointment of retired army general and Vice President, Constantino Chiwenga as the new minister of health and child care.
In a statement, the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) said they welcomed the appointment of Vice President Chiwenga as the new health minister but would only return to work after their demands have been met.
Today marks 48 days since we withdrew our labour. As ZINA, we welcome the appointees to the positions of substantive minister of health and child care as well as permanent secretary for the same ministry.
“Our reasonable demands are in the public domain. We look forward to being engaged on these on the basis of mutual respect, where our constitutional and labour rights to a fair wage and not to work in unsafe conditions is respected,” said ZINA.
They added that as long their labour demands are not met, they would not return to work.
“Further we look forward to having our demands acknowledged and met. As we have indicated before, we are unable to return to work until this has been done. Considering the urgency of the situation, we expect an urgent intervention to resolve the impasse
“Until the above has been met, we reiterate our position- NO USD, BO WORK, NO PPE, NO WORK!”
However, the new health minister, VP Chiwenga In 2019, sacked more than 700 nurses who had gone for several weeks without reporting for work.