Nurses on go-slow

NURSES at public health institutions have announced that they are cutting their working hours to two days per week, pending action on their grievances by their employer, failure of which they will down tools.

BY VANESSA GONYE /OBEY MANAYITI

This came after the expiry of the 14-day ultimatum jointly communicated by various associations in the health sector a fortnight ago.

In a note to all members of associations in public health establishments, the Health Apex Council gave a seven-day waiting period for action, failure which they would embark on a full-scale industrial action.

“It was noted in the aforementioned meeting that whilst there had been some attempts to address minor grievances, the most important grievances relating to remuneration of health workers vis-a-vis the current economic climate have not been addressed.

“In light of the above, the meeting resolved to partially withdraw services for one week, concurrently reiterate the need for the HSB (Health Services Board)) to resolve all grievances,” the letter said.

The nurses said all health workers will attend work for only two days between June 17 and 23.

“Should the remaining grievances remain unresolved by close of day, June 23; all health workers will completely withdraw their labour from June 24.”

However, despite the notice, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association (ZHDA) secretary -general Mthabisi Bhebhe said his association was waiting for a response from their employer.

“We are having solidarity meetings at our respective work stations to map the way forward; the position by the Apex Council was that all associations should down tools, but we are waiting for a response to our calls before we decide on a course of action,” he said.

A fortnight ago, the Zimbabwe Nurses’ Association said a meeting held on June 6 resolved that workers in the health sector would go on strike within two weeks to force the government to review their salaries.

The two-week ultimatum has since lapsed and the nurses have become the first body of health workers to embark on the agreed industrial action.

In a related matter, the much-hyped urgent caucus meeting by the Apex Council yesterday to discuss workers’ plight in the face of inflation and map a way forward failed to produce any substantive resolutions, forcing leaders to reconvene on Friday.

The meeting resulted in an impasse with others pushing for an immediate industrial action claiming that the government has failed to consider their plight.

Reports of disunity among the Apex Council leaders were abound, leading to yesterday’s meeting being adjourned to pave way for further research on a possible way forward.

According to insiders, some were of the view that they should seek audience with President Emmerson Mnangagwa and personally plead with him.

“Apex Council met today, but are still to follow up on a number of issues which will be concluded on Friday,” Thomas Muzondo, who was chairing the meeting said.

“We still want to follow up on a few things and we will reconvene again on Friday. Today was the workers’ side only and there are yet to be a number of researches that we need to do in the next few days and come up with an agreed position.”

In its previous position paper to government, Apex Council leadership complained that their members are fast losing hope and calling them toothless for failing to ensure government acts on their demands.

Yesterday’s inconclusive meeting might have left many disappointed, but the leaders insisted they need to be thorough before agreeing on the way forward.

However, some teachers said they are from today embarking on a job action.

6 Comments

  1. The root cause of these recuring remunaration disputes between the government and its workers is not that the workers are not getting paid enough, it is being cause by the fiction that the cost of goods and services in Zimbabwe should be determined on the basis of the black ellegal market rate of the us dollar to the rtgs dollar determined willy nilly by cartels and other money launderers. Increasing the pay of civil servance will not solve anything because the next day, the price of goods and services will also increase due to the manipulation of this unlawfull market against which the retailers and other service providers determine their prices. So the president should not bother about putting out the fire. He should instead, investigate as to who the arsonist is and deal decicively with him or her.

    1. He already knows but he is powerless to act because he is involved. Nhire I like your efforts to defend your president, but no matter how you try, you cant, the situation is untenable. He is going to fall and it will b humiliating to him. You are fighting against the wind. The president is trying to put out a raging fire of his own making. For the economy to work it needs transparency, but sadly your president can only to work in the dark to maintain his illegitimate rule. We need checks and balances and that will illuminate the whole system and keep corrupt guys from taking advantage of the system. But because he needs darkness to remain in power, you think he cannot see the cartels. You should see through yourself Nhire, in your own eyes its only your president who is right. He has a lot of intelligence, but he is using them only to suppress opposition but ignores information about thecartels, because maybe he is involved or those involved are dear to him. The economy out of his control, a sensible person would resign, but…benzi ndichandagwinyira.
      I see you reacting passionately to every article that rebukes your president, your passion is good but your president is bad, very bad. Economy pillars are collapsing one by one, under his watch, and while he is he is powerless to stop this, he is too arrogant to resign and give chance to the system to heal and revive. Zimbabwe is not about ED Mnangagwa, its about the people of Zimbabwe. Health sector has collapsed, monetary system has collapsed, there is runaway inflation, agriculture is down, unemployment is high, there is no clean water, no electricity, the list is endless and worsening. Maybe that is what your president meant when he said ndichatonga kusvika mahwa kuti matongeka. Meanwhile Nhire, do your best to find fault elsewhere except the right place and hope that blame will mend the economy.
      The nurses are saying we cant go to work everyday because the money is simply not enough just for transport. Maybe your president Should order special ZUPCO buses just for nurses and they will continue coming to work. The president should opt for total transparency and carry out reforms and the system will not choke.

  2. Kangaroo Nhire

    Farai J Nhire just doing his job,as usual…let the fire burn and look for the arsonist first..kkkkkk.

  3. And Teachers too have deserted classrooms, citing similar reasons. All this while the government through foreign affairs ministry signed a US$1million deal for a second public relations firm on relations with the West. The first one was Ballard Group which signed a US$500th deal now this Avenue Strategies deal signed in April. Yet it cost nothing zero to government to respect human rights regardless of political affiliation and implementing our own Constitution, eradicating corruption for sanctions to be removed.

  4. He already knows but he is powerless to act because he is involved. Nhire I like your efforts to defend your president, but no matter how you try, you cant, the situation is untenable. He is going to fall and it will b humiliating to him. You are fighting against the wind. The president is trying to put out a raging fire of his own making. For the economy to work it needs transparency, but sadly your president can only to work in the dark to maintain his illegitimate rule. We need checks and balances and that will illuminate the whole system and keep corrupt guys from taking advantage of the system. But because he needs darkness to remain in power, you think he cannot see the cartels. You should see through yourself Nhire, in your own eyes its only your president who is right. He has a lot of intelligence, but he is using them only to suppress opposition but ignores information about thecartels, because maybe he is involved or those involved are dear to him. The economy out of his control, a sensible person would resign, but…benzi ndichandagwinyira.
    I see you reacting passionately to every article that rebukes your president, your passion is good but your president is bad, very bad. Economy pillars are collapsing one by one, under his watch, and while he is he is powerless to stop this, he is too arrogant to resign and give chance to the system to heal and revive. Zimbabwe is not about ED Mnangagwa, its about the people of Zimbabwe. Health sector has collapsed, monetary system has collapsed, there is runaway inflation, agriculture is down, unemployment is high, there is no clean water, no electricity, the list is endless and worsening. Maybe that is what your president meant when he said ndichatonga kusvika mahwa kuti matongeka. Meanwhile Nhire, do your best to find fault elsewhere except the right place and hope that blame will mend the economy.
    The nurses are saying we cant go to work everyday because the money is simply not enough just for transport. Maybe your president Should order special ZUPCO buses just for nurses and they will continue coming to work. The president should opt for total transparency and carry out reforms and the system will not choke.

  5. He already knows but he is powerless to act because he is involved. Nhire I like your efforts to defend your president, but no matter how you try, you cant, the situation is untenable. He is going to fall and it will b humiliating to him. You are fighting against the wind. The president is trying to put out a raging fire of his own making. For the economy to work it needs transparency, but sadly your president can only to work in the dark to maintain his illegitimate rule. We need checks and balances and that will illuminate the whole system and keep corrupt guys from taking advantage of the system. But because he needs darkness to remain in power, you think he cannot see the cartels. You should see through yourself Nhire, in your own eyes its only your president who is right. He has a lot of intelligence, but he is using them only to suppress opposition but ignores information about thecartels, because maybe he is involved or those involved are dear to him. The economy out of his control, a sensible person would resign, but…benzi ndichandagwinyira.
    I see you reacting passionately to every article that rebukes your president, your passion is good but your president is bad, very bad. Economy pillars are collapsing one by one, under his watch, and while he is he is powerless to stop this, he is too arrogant to resign and give chance to the system to heal and revive. Zimbabwe is not about ED Mnangagwa, its about the people of Zimbabwe. Health sector has collapsed, monetary system has collapsed, there is runaway inflation, agriculture is down, unemployment is high, there is no clean water, no electricity, the list is endless and worsening. Maybe that is what your president meant when he said ndichatonga kusvika mahwa kuti matongeka. Meanwhile Nhire, do your best to find fault elsewhere except the right place and hope that blame will mend the economy.
    The nurses are saying we cant go to work everyday because the money is simply not enough just for transport. Maybe your president Should order special ZUPCO buses just for nurses and they will continue coming to work. The president should opt for total transparency and carry out reforms and the system will not choke.

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