#JUSTIN: Eleven Zim Nurses Acquitted On Contravening Lockdown Regulations Charges

ELEVEN Zimbabwean nurses who were arrested in July for protesting against poor wages and living conditions during the Lockdown period have been acquitted. The 11 were represented by Rudo Bere and Tinashe Chinopfukutwa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have been acquitted after undergoing trial on charges of contravening lockdown regulations by protesting in July against poor salaries and working conditions. SOURCE: Zimbabwe Lawyers For Human Rights

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Division Rocks Nurses Strike, Some Returning To Work On Monday

THE three month long industrial action by nurses hangs in limbo amidst indications that some nurses have thrown in the towel after Health and Child Care Minister, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga indicated that he would only negotiate with those reporting for duty. By Michael Gwarisa Impeccable sources close to the developments told this publication that the nurses camp was under siege from dark forces who were influencing other nurses to genuflect to government’s demands even in the absence of a good remuneration and Personal Protective Clothing (PPE). It’s a divide…

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‘No USD Salary, No Work,’ Nurses Dig-In Despite VP Chiwenga’s Appointment As Health Minister

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. HealthTimes Reporter 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…

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‘No Amount Of Intimidation or Begging Will Force Us To End Strike’- Zim Nurses

THE Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA), has indicated that the nurses’ strike would continue until their demands are met despite continued threats and begging theatrics from political players. By Michael Gwarisa President Emerson Mnangawa recently pleaded with health workers to reconsider their actions and prioritise saving lives. However, the nurses have maintained that such a move would not work and they will never compromise. In a statement, the ZINA said their fight was labour motivated and no amount of political intimation would sway them. Today marks 46 days wince we withdrew…

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#JUSTIN: Two Parirenyatwa Hospital Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

TWO out of 26 members of staff at Parirenyatwa Hospital, who had just completed their shifts in the institution’s COVID-19 center have tested positive for COVID-19, HealthTimes has learnt. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, the institution said those who tested positive were immediately quarantined to avoid further spreading the disease. Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals would like to inform the public that two out of 26 staff members who had completed one of their shifts in our COVID-19 Centre tested positive for SARS-Cov-2. “Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has three teams…

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#JUSTIN: 11 Nurses Released On ZW$1000 Bail

MBARE Magistrate Court, ZLHR lawyers Rudo Bere and Tinashe Chinopfukutwa have ended the detention of 11 nurses arrested Monday and charged for allegedly violating some national lockdown regulations after securing their release on RTGS$1 000 bail. The nurses have been ordered to report once a week at various Zimbabwe Republic Police stations. SOURCE: ZLHR NEWSDEK

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Bring It On, We Have Nothing More To Lose, Striking Nurses Tell Gvt After Arrest of Colleagues

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have arrested and detained  Harare Hospital nurses for allegedly planning to stage a demonstration against slave wages, a move that has sparked anger amongst nurses. By Michael Gwarisa In a statement, the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZIMA) President, Enoch Dongo condemned the act and called on authorities to release the health workers immediately. Today, July 6, 2020, we have received information that nurses have been arrested at Harare Hospital. Indications are that the arrests were done allegedly for the purposes of avoiding a demonstration at Harare…

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#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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Cabinet Accedes To Nurses’ Flexi Hours Demands

CABINET has reneged  on its earlier decision to cease the flexi-hour system for nurses approving a new working schedule. By Kuda Pembere This new arrangement gives nurses two weeks at work and two weeks home. Speaking at the 16th Cabinet Decision Matrix media briefing on Thursday, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Senator Monica Mutsvangwa acknowledged the deficit of Government nurses in hospitals. Government having disbanded the flexi-hours and taken cognisance of the inadequate number of nurses on the establishment of the Ministry of Health and Child Care to allow…

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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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