#BREAKING: Health Workers Down Tools… Reject US$75 COVID-19 Allowances

HEALTH workers across board have downed tools  effective immediately in protest to government’s failure to address their grievances despite numerous calls for an amicable solution to their plight. By Michael Gwarisa In a letter written to the Health Services Board Executive Director, Mrs Ruth Kaseke by representatives from all organisations representing health workers in the country, Health workers demanded that their salaries revert back to the October 1 2018 figures which were pegged in USD terms and indicated that all health workers have rejected the US$75 offer with the contempt…

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#JUSTIN:Nurses Protest Flexi-Hours Removal, Threaten Strike

THE Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA), has shot down government’s decision to scrap the flexible working hours arrangement during the COVID-19 induced lockdown period citing worsened incapacitation amongst a  host of other woes. By Michael Gwarisa The flexi-hours system was implemented early this year to cushion nurses who had gone on a strike owing to poor wages and high costs of living. In a recent letter addressed some public health institutions, all members of staff were immediately required to return to work and resume normal duties. According to government, the flexi…

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Health, Finance Ministers Directed To Address Doctors’ Plight

CABINET has tasked Health and Finance Ministers to urgently address allowance grievances by junior doctors whose declaration of incapacitation has  further crippled the health delivery system. By Kudakwashe Pembere Briefing the media in the 32nd Cabinet Decision matrix on Tuesday, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said they learnt that the doctors received their Cost of Living Adjustment monies last week. “The Minister of Health and Child Care briefed Cabinet on the strike action by some junior doctors over their conditions of service. Cabinet noted that the junior…

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We Can’t Continue Subsidising Gvt Says Doctors

DOCTORS from across all government hospitals in the country have declared incapacitation in the wake of a 60% cost of living adjustment which was tabled by government last week which they say is insufficient. By Michael Gwarisa In a letter directed to the Health Services Board (HSB), Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) acting president Dr Peter Magombeyi said the situation has reached another level and it can’t be business as usual. Reference is made to your response dated 19 August 2019, addressed to our Secretary General. The ZHDA National Executive…

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Crippling Doctors Strike Looms

DOCTORS have warned government to review their earnings according to the prevailing interbank market rate which is pegged at 8.7% or risk another industrial action which could cripple the health sector. By Michael Gwarisa This comes at the back of erosion of doctors and civil servants salaries by inflation which is currently hovering above 176% according to June inflation rates. In a letter written to the Health Services Board (HSB) by Dr Peter Magombeyi on behalf  the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), he indicated that doctors were now incapacitated and…

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Health Workers Declare Incapacitation

HEALTH workers have declared incapacitation as of Tuesday owing to prevailing economic challenges in the country. By Kudakwashe Pembere The workers through the Health Apex Council claim their salaries have been eroded by the unpopular fiscal and monetary policies by Finance Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube. In a joint notice by the Health Apex and Civil Service Apex Councils, the workers bemoaned the erosion of their salaries. They demanded ZWD4 700 as salary for the lowest paid worker. “The Councils are not asking for an increment but a restoration of the…

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