ZIMBABWE: LABOUR/THE HERALD/18/4/18 SABANews 1
HARARE – The government of ZIMBABWE has dismissed at least 16-THOUSAND nurses who have been striking over poor working conditions.
THE HERALD quotes Vice President CONSTANTINO CHIWENGA as saying the Health Services Board should immediately recall retired nurses and employ jobless graduates to replace the fired strikers.
It says President EMMERSON MNANGAGWA has endorsed the dismissal after the State had released more than 17-MILLION US dollars to cover the demands by the workers.
Vice President CHIWENGA, who is the Supervisor of the Social Services Cluster, has issued a statement saying the behaviour by the nurses has been politically motivated.
He says the government has met with the Health Services Board and the Nurses’ Association to resolve the industrial action, and complied with their demands, but the industrial action has persisted.
Vice President CHIWENGA says the whole action is deplorable and shameful, because the State transferred 17-MILLION-114-THOUSAND-446 to the Ministry of Health and Child Care for on-payment to the striking nurses.
He says the move, against clear economic challenges in the nation, shows good faith on the part of the government; yet it has failed to persuade the nurses to go back to work to save lives.
Vice President CHIWENGA says the State now regards the lack of remorse as politically motivated and beyond concerns of conditions of service and worker welfare.
He says the funds originally released to meet the demands of the striking nurses will go towards the costs of effecting the new directive and arrangement, which takes immediate effect.
The government has commended all nurses who have loyally remained on duty and to the others from the ranks of the striking staff who have heeded its call for them to return to work.
Vice President CHIWENGA says their commitment to duty and patients, both pointing to a deep regard for life as required by their professional oath, is noted and much appreciated.
On the other hand, the State has appealed to people visiting public health institutions to be patient while it restores services.
ZIMBABWEANS should also practise good hygiene at home and in public places in view of sporadic cases of cholera reported in parts of the country./Sabanews/cam