Govt fires striking nurses

GOVERNMENT has, with immediate effect, fired all nurses at public hospitals who downed tools on Monday and immediately replaced them with retired and trained-but-unemployed nurses, as a stop-gap measure to save lives.

BY KUDZAI MUCHENJEKWA/
SINDISO DUBE/ NHAU MANGIRAZI

This came after management at most major hospitals also joined the nurses’ industrial action.

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, in his capacity as supervisor of government’s social services cluster, in a statement said the drastic measure was taken after nurses continued with their strike after Treasury had disbursed $17 114 446 to cover the outstanding salary arrears for nurses.

“Accordingly, government has decided, in the interest of patients and of saving lives, to discharge all the striking nurses with immediate effect. Further, the government has now instructed the Health Services Board to speedily engage, as appropriate, all unemployed, but trained nurses in the country. It has also authorised the board to recall retired nursing staff into the service,” he said.

Chiwenga applauded nurses who did not join the strike or had returned to work for their “deep regard for life as required by their professional oath”.

He said the strike was “politically motivated, and, thus, going beyond concerns of conditions of service and worker welfare”.

The nurses were demanding that their night duty allowances be hiked from 0,76 cents per hour to $70.

Chiwenga’s statement came after Health minister David Parirenyatwa on Monday ordered the nurses to return to work, as their issues were being looked into by Treasury.

Zimbabwe Nurses’ Association secretary-general Enock Dongo yesterday confirmed that the situation had deteriorated at public health institutions, as management had joined the strike action, with patients being discharged prematurely as most departments were closed.

Solwayo Ngwenya, the clinical director at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo, said the remaining skeletal staff was only attending to emergency cases.

In Karoi, a diabetic patient reportedly died yesterday afternoon after he was turned away at Karoi District Hospital on Monday because of the strike.

The nurses’ strike came shortly after government succumbed to doctors’ demands and undertook to hike their salaries following a month-long strike.

The industrial action only ended after President Emmerson Mnangagwa had intervened.

Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association Mxolisi Ngwenya said the HSB agreed to review upwards their on-call allowances and to provide equipment needed in hospitals.

“We have received an upward review of on-call allowances, noting that members work round the clock for up to 360 continuous hours. This is a health specific allowance.

Understanding the current limitations in the economy, we hope to continually review until we attain regional and international standards,” he said, adding that junior doctors’ on-call allowance was reviewed from the current $1,50 per hour to $7,50 per hour for 160 hours as a flat fee of $1 200 per month.

45 Comments

  1. Chiwenga is proving to be the dumbest VP in the history of Zim, this is the worst attempt to counter a strike ever heard of & how he can claim it’s politically motivated when nurses clearly earn peanuts boggles the mind

    1. The economy is on its knees and the government has agreed to look into their plight but they have rejected the offer. For the sake of saving lives, chiwenga just did a good thing.
      Take it or leave it there a lots of well trained unemployed nurses out there

    2. Chiwenga is damn right. Some people are just too greedy…

      1. then try to access the service in the diaspora just like Chiwenga

      2. It is those in government are just too greedy, thats right the Zanu politicians are too greedy. Firing workers who are striking is an out dated method of silencing workers. It works maybe in the military. Nurses are fighting for better working conditions, how can they treat patients when there is no medicine and when doctors are unhappy?

    3. hant ivo vanonorapwa ku diaspora

  2. this is a wise move by chiwenga ,nurses are being political and petty,if the gvt had relented we may see teachers also downing tools

    1. Go to hell

    2. shame on you

  3. Replacing striking nurses with retired nurses. Tichingotooooooonga.

    1. TO HELL WITH YOU LUCIFER,YOU NEED DELIVERANCE WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT

  4. mundu ko mundu

    Its a matter of lives..if you are not there to save lives let there be someone willing to do so against all odds

  5. This attempt at blackmailing nurses and intimidating any future industrial action by teachers may end up backfiring spectacularly.

  6. this was bound to happen. nurses don’t have much bargaining power like doctors.

    gvt can’t fire all striking doctors and find any replacements,unlike nurses with thousands of qualified ones out of employment. replacing nurses is one of the easiest tasks to perform.

    1. Comment…who told you that? Do you have evidence to prove your shoddy allegations?

  7. Government will never be justified for these actions! Whoever is supporting this is stupid coz the day your critically ill mother gets to be nursed by an inexperienced nurse,you will understand the worth of those in service

    1. “The nurses were demanding that their night duty allowances be hiked from 0,76 cents per hour to $70” Ofcoz 0,76 may be little but $70 is too much its insane

    2. Its better to be attended by an inexperienced nurse. Unogona kutopora nefaith than kuti the experienced nurse akuti enda unofira kumba kwako. Let them be FIRED

  8. yes yes yes, good,move by our VP, fire them all, ndokuti vazive kuti kutimwa naChamisa kunokuwadzisa, mumwe akamborohwa nenhamo anoziwa bato rekuvhotera

  9. Chiwenga did a good job. nurses were paid late after end of month. now cange of leadership they are paid on time. They did strike they got money. now they did strike they were offered mari zvakare. then varikuti havasi kuda vanoda imwe. So let them open and fully participate in politics. They should not hide behind working conditions etc. If it was Mugabe where they going to do what they are doing. they should not take advantage of change of leadership to demand things zvisingakwanisiki under current economic environment.

  10. You people who are keeping on supporting failures are the very ones pulling zimbabwe backwards.This zanu pf party government has dismally failed us totally and they will keep on continuing and following useless policies which does not hurt even a single zanu pf official.Their bush constitution which they have adopted years back with Mugabe and others are the very useless policies which are stacking our development really.The zanu pf corruption and killings is an adopted satanic version which they are striving on with.Zimbabweans you need mentally to cultivate a culture of changing governing parties which is the most lethal tool to lure investor confidence.Western countries will not tolerate zanu pf empty vessels unlike the chinese who are clever in looting our wealth because they have seen that in zanu pf they are clueless monkies.

  11. What a stupid move, for sure this government has shown that the view the world through the eyes of guns and ammunition……kutonga kwaro chokwadi…chero tichingotooonga

  12. Zanu yazvitadza

  13. During the GNU, Mugabe cunningly gave the social cluster to the MDC… food for thought perhaps. Meanwhile, let us see how Chiwenga’s power-play pans out; I do not foresee a good outcome for him. As for the ill patients who cannot afford private care, this is yet another sad turn of events. Let us vote wisely in 2018, people; based on experiences not on hazy hopes.

  14. Ayas inga pakaipa….

  15. hant ndozvatakamhanyira ku white house in november last year… hatisati tati tichati toti… happy independence Zimbabwe

  16. Mari yaka pihwa ani coz 17 000 000 /16000 nurse gives over 1000 for each nurse

  17. Ngavarove pasi manurse ayo vakandibhowa

  18. chiwenga is right

  19. Chiwenga is damn right. Fire those greedy morons

  20. I second Chiwenga, kana basa risingabhadhare just move over to the well paying job, leave vacancy for the jobless

  21. this coin tossed by chiwenga is typically 2 dimensional. the nurses demands were rather absurd driven by greediness coz Drs pharmacists and lab guys were given a a hefty call allowance of 1200 & 720 which i personally think is rather on the high side considering our economy and this inevitably was going to cause a ripple effect. now the nurses demand the same amount across the board of which its not only impossible bt lamb considering their diverse nature of duties
    i dnt assume the regimes announcement was that serious considering the legal battle they will face which certainly will cost them more than they would have bargained for with them nurses.
    its a really interesting script and im keen on the ensuing drama

  22. Dumb nurses. Zvinhu hazvina kumira mushe muZimbabwe vanhuwe!!! Kutoramwa zvenyu graft vanhu vachifa? Munoudzwa kuti mirai timbogadzirisa huhpfumi hwenyika kuitira kuti zvitinakire tose pamberi apo, imi kikiri kikiri nharo. Dzingwai!!!

  23. But why nurses when doctors were on strike for a longer period. Doctors must down tools immediately in solidarity with the fired nurses. Politically motivated pamanurse chete.kkkk

  24. chiwenga uri dofo the power to hire n fire does not rest on u.unonzwa sei wakaendesa mwana wako kuchikoro achibata madhodhi otaura woti ibva nekuti wataura chaigadziriswa chiii.uri satan chaiye may u go to hell n may the devil rape it means come may teachers are fired if they strike.which political motivated kutaura mari yauri kuda

  25. Kuwiriranakwakanakakugarakunzwanana Garanewakomurudohamandishe

    Comment…Ko seyi vakuruvakuru veHurumende neavo vane mari dzavo vachinorapwa kunze kwenyika? Akusi kuburitsa mari zvisiri pamutemo here ikoko? Vatungamiri veHurumende veSouth Africa inga vanorapwa munyika.
    Asi vemuno vanonorapwa SA, UK, USA, Dubai, China, India nedzimwe nyika. Ngatigadzirise wedu musha uitewo zvakaitawo misha yatirikuchiva. Tisarambo chiva zvekumamana veduwe.

  26. This is a barrack decision. How on earth can one just wake up and say all nurses are fired without taking into account the grave consequences of such an ill fated decision. We have a whole government splashing millions on useless campaign material with hospitals going without the basics like pain killers. Zim is doomed with this kind of leadership….we deserve better than this for sure!

  27. Zanu pf government,what good can you expect from them, but nothing tangible.

  28. Katsi nembwa dzese dziri kuti we are second the decision made by this barbaric and daft Chiwenga you are jst heartless. These idiots are lazy and they survive on bootlicking stupids like Chiwenga at the detriment of the entire nation.to hell daughters and sons of witches and prostitutes.

  29. plenty of nurses without jobs sitting around.if one is greedy and does not consider that Zimbabwe gvt is broke better fire them and replace them with the plenty nurses out of work.

    nurses are not scarce like doctors or pilots

    1. that is labour exploitation, what about medicine and medical equipment, are these retired nurses and inexperienced nurses going to be happy without the essentials of nursing

  30. it was their right to strike

  31. captain jack sparrow

    am not a politician myself but lets try to balance the equation here.my relative goes to the hospital and is turned down or locked out, told right in the face to go back home since nurses are on strike for better working conditions. he/she goes back home to die and the same nurse who turned him/her away comes to morn with you at your place and to make matters worse, he/she is a tenant just a few steps away from your house. dai uriwe nurse wacho how do you feel. please don’t take me the wrong way here. l might as well cry in the nurses corner for good working conditions but look, the working can be looked into and one of these days something is gonna be done to put a smile on the face of the nurse but after all that, can a lost life be regained beacause the nurses working coditions have been improved. guys, life is more precious than all these material things. l rest my case.

  32. FELLOW ZIMBABWEANS , MAY I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ANNOUNCE THE NAMES OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GIVEN SPACE SHOW UP THEIR STUPIDITY AND CRAZINESS ON THIS PLATFORM . DIABETIC, KILO, JOSPHAT, CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW AND MITI WHO EARLIER ON POSTED RUBBISHES ON THIS PLATFORM ARE ZANU PF FOOLS WHOSE LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING IS WEEK. THEY FORGOT TO CONSIDER THE FACT THAT CHIWENGA IS A RUTHLESS SADIST WHOSE MAIN AIM IS TO ELIMINATE INNOCENT PEOPLE. HE ABDUCTED DZAMARA AND NON OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED EVIL PEOPLE SAID ANY WORD TO CONDEMN THE MURDERER’S ACTIONS. TODAY HE INDIRECTLY INCREASES THE DEATH RATE IN HOSPITALS BY DEMORALIZING NURSES SO AS TO ACCOMMODATE HIS INEXPERIENCED AND UNQUALIFIED PEOPLE. THE RESULTS IS OBVIOUSLY HIGH DEATH RATE . YOU GUYS LET ME TELL YOU THAT CHIWENGA IS NOT GOD AND THAT JUDGEMENT DAY IS COMING . HIS IDEA IS NOT TO RECTIFY THE PROBLEM BUT TO KILL THE SICK FROM THE HOSPITALS.

  33. Thanks Onai, these people are obviously not Christians but genuine satanists who suck blood. Why are the not considerate of the peoples plight? Beware of these people because the are evil. How can you support Chiwenga is is well known for killing.

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