Civil servants’ planned two-day national strike failed to start on Wednesday, with union leaders not sure of the number of those who had decided to stay at home.
Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU), formerly known as the Apex Council, had called for a strike on Wednesday and Thursday.
Nurses at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals and teachers in Harare who spoke to NewZimbabwe.com said it was business as usual.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) deployed truckloads of anti-riot officers close to the Public Services Association (PSA) House, where union leaders had scheduled a press conference to give updates on the strike.
More anti-riot police were stationed at the new government complex, which houses Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube’s office.
Union leaders, who requested anonymity said some civil servants avoided taking part in the industrial action following threats from the government. Said one of the leaders:
Some were going to work so that they could be seen to be there because of past threats by the government.
Remember nurses are under investigation and hearings are being scheduled as we speak.
The Health Services Board (HSB) is currently carrying out a purge of nurses who recently staged a week-long strike.
HSB reportedly demanded attendance registers from all government hospitals with the intention to fire all nurses who were on strike.
Civil servants are demanding US dollar salaries of at least US$840.