Nurses completely withdraw services

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Zimbabwean riot policemen stand in front of doctors and nurses who are demonstrating over the deteriorating health system, outside Parirenyatwa group of hospitals in Harare November 18, 2008 promising to stay away from work until a recent pandemic of cholera is controlled. They also requested that the government review their salaries. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE) - GM1E4BI1GWO01

The Zimbabwe Nurses Association (Zina) has urged its members to withdraw all the services they have been rendering to the government saying they are incapacitated.

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The association accused the government of lacking the will to address the issues affecting health caregivers in the country. In a memo to its members, Zina said:

“Having discussed this with the association’s executive, we hereby call upon every nurse in Zimbabwe, from those
working at a rural clinic in the most remote parts of the country all the way up to those working at the central hospitals to immediately do the following:

For those who have not been going to work, continue withholding your labour. To those who have been subsidising our employer by going to work, mostly because you may have an alternative source of income, we call upon you to reconsider this and withdraw your labour as well.”

The memo added that the new auction system introduced by the Reserverve Bank of Zimbabwe suggests that for every US$100, a person would legally get $5 730 but in reality, the majority of workers are being far less than that.

Workers have been engaging the government to have the value of their salaries restored to what they were earning in 2018 before the introduction of the real-time gross settlement (rtgs) dollar.

-Pindula

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