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Health Workers Call Off Strike "To Prevent Any Further Loss Of Life"

Health Workers Call Off Strike

Public sector healthcare workers have resolved to resume duty after giving the Government a 14-day ultimatum to address their concerns.

Health workers across the country have been on strike since Monday in protest over low salaries and poor working conditions.

In a letter dated 24 June 2022, addressed to the chairperson of the Health Service Board (HSB), Health Apex Team leader Dr Tapiwanashe Kusotera said they have decided to call off the strike to prevent any further loss of life. The letter reads:

RESUMPTION OF DUTY PENDING FURTHER NEGOTIATIONS

Following our first Health Bipartite Negotiating Panel meeting on Monday, the 20th of June in which the matters of conditions of service were discussed, the Workers were disappointed to note that the Health Service Board had preferred to wait 14 months without engaging the workers until the workers had reached a point of despair and had no choice but to withdraw their service in a desperate attempt to draw the employer’s attention to the plight of the workers.

The workers are cognisant of the human cost of such actions.

It is never the intention of the healthcare workers to walk away from those who need their help.

We firmly believe that this could have been avoided had the Health Service Board meaningfully engaged the workers.

The workers were also disappointed to note that the employer did not present an offer at that meeting nor have they done so to date.

This morning, the leaders of the health associations met to assess the impact of our actions and progress towards the resolution of the impasse.

It was noted with great concern, the delay in further engagement by the employer and attempts by some authorities to threaten and victimise the workers.

This is most unfortunate. Asking for a living wage should never be viewed as a crime.

The employees also considered the long-suffering public who have struggled to access much-needed healthcare services in these difficult economic times.

Many of whom lack the means to seek health care services elsewhere.

The leaders of the Health Associations after considering the plight of the public, have resolved to TEMPORARILY adjourn the industrial action and request the healthcare workers to resume service.

This has been done to prevent any further loss of life.

It is the hope of the employees that the employer will immediately table a meaningful offer, addressing all the matters raised by the workers.

Should the employer fail to table a meaningful offer, one that addresses the plight of the worker within 14 DAYS from receipt of this letter, the employees will have no option left but to withdraw service without notice.

We have taken this decision in good faith, that the employer will engage with us.

We believe that the “ball” is now in the employer’s court Health APEX Council.

It is our sincere prayer, that any further industrial action may be avoided.

We hope that the employer will choose to partner with the workers to resuscitate Zimbabwe’s ailing healthcare system.

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17 Comments

The Adjudicator 1 month ago

Every Civil cervant must be Patriotic. Kune nzira dzema soja, kwasara kuisa nzira dzema Civil cervants!


Spero Checka 1 month ago

iwe zinonzi Civic Servance

Chitunha Chese ndeChedu® 1 month ago

We are not happy with this.Why were we not consulted. Mave kudzosera Faka Pressure yedu kumas**** you sellouts.


Citizen 1 month ago

The Minister of Health & Child Care, Vice President, Cde Dr Constantino Guveya Nyikadzino Chiwenga is never mentioned is never mentioned in these problems meaning he is not even recognized by the health sector as the Health Minister

Vote for CCC


Asalif 1 month ago

He is on honey 🍯 moon nebhagasvogodo yavo kuti zvityise going for holiday while the country is facing so many difficulties and when he comes back he be going to court so that he can share property with his ex wife on the 5th of July ma1


VYBZ KARTEL 1 month ago

Musapihwe kana cent how dare you hold your country and citizens @ ransome


Constantinople Guvheya Dominic 1 month ago

Inharo dzenyu idzo maNurse takatopedza nemi.Bvunzai maTeacher vanokuudzai kuti unodzokera wega kubasa.


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Constantinople Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga 1 month ago

Boe here🦍


Constantino Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga 1 month ago

Wangu zviri sei see🦍


Health. Minister 1 month ago

Good maNurse magona


luv 1 month ago

Those who lost life during this health strike,will they be compansated,this life serving institution 's profession has lost its dignityan and status ,,,the employer is not there.


Ndini Ndadaro 1 month ago

Who ever started this unrest need to be t****ughly beaten


CHIWORORO KUPEDZA MA SPORTS KANA VANHU BE ZANU VAUYA VARI CRITICAL 1 month ago

🥨 I AM GOOD AT IT. VANOZVIZIVA KANA NDIRI PA CALL. KUCHIPATARA HAKUSHANDE CHI CDE. EVERYONE NEEDS ISU VANA CHIREMBA


Captain Jack Sparrow 1 month ago

Fibble minded weak pathetic double minded how dare call off a strike without achieving your goals! Useless dai makabvisirwa mari yemazuva amusina kushanda nxaaa


🅼🅰🆁🅰🆅🅰🆉🅰 1 month ago

...𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗷𝗼𝗯 𝗰𝗮𝗻'𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗱𝗿𝘂𝗴𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝗲.


Cable Guy 1 month ago

So so sad 😢😢😢😢


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