A total 1 280 Zimbabwe nurses face disciplinary action for failure to comply with government’s ban of the flexi hours working arrangement.
By Michael Gwarisa
The flexi-hours regime was introduced early this year to cushion nurses who had gone on a strike owing to poor wages and high costs of living. In a pots cabinet media brief, Information and broadcasting services minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said
Cabinet was briefed by Vice President Honourable C.G.D.N. Chiwenga, as the Minister of Health and Child Care, on the Withdrawal of Labour by Nurses. At its 38th Meeting held on 28 October, 2020 Cabinet was informed that the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) openly challenged the Cabinet decision on the cancellation of the flexi-working arrangement and defied the Secretary for Health and Child Care’s directive for the Association to reverse its statement
“Unfortunately some nurses, have continued to defy the Government directive banning the ‘Flexi Hours’ regime. The various nurses’ labour organizations comprising the Zimbabwe Nurses Association; Confederation of Nurses Association; Theatre Nurses Association and the Nurses Educators Association met with the Health Services Board and resolved to comply with the Government directive save for the Zimbabwe Nurses Association,” said senetor Mutsvangwa.
She added that a total of 1 280 nurses failed to heed to the call to return to normal working hours and the Health Services Board (HSB) had started instituting disciplinary hearings for the defiant nurses.
“Cabinet resolved to cancel the flexi hours arrangement and that nurses who fail to report for duty be subjected to disciplinary processes, that daily attendance registers for nurses be submitted to the Health Services Board and the Ministry of Health and Child Care Head Office; and that nursing services be restructured to be supported by three pillars; namely contract workers; Health Service Permanent Workers; and Secondment from the Uniformed Forces.”