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Over 200 Nurses Face Disciplinary Action

Over 200 Nurses Face Disciplinary Action

More than 200 nurses working at government health institutions may lose their jobs after Zimbabwe Professional Nurses Union (ZPNU) president, Robert Chiduku, was fired on Monday, 15 August on allegations of conducting union business at his workplace.

The nurses will soon appear before disciplinary committees at provincial government hospitals across the country for participating in demonstrations and absenteeism from duty without authorisation.

In a letter dated 15 August 2022 addressed to Chiduku, a representative of the Gweru provincial disciplinary authority, Stewart Jailos said the trade unionist was found guilty of conducting union business within the hospital premises without the employer’s consent.

Chiduku is one of the many nurses and union leaders summoned by the Ministry of Health and Childcare officials for disciplinary hearings over their calls for better salaries for nurses.

Zimbabwe Nurses Union (ZINA) president Enock Dongo said the hearings are being done in order to intimidate workers. Dongo said:

All this is being done to intimidate and scare away the nurses from any job action.

That is their strategy, but we are not scared and this we condemn.

I have learnt of the unfortunate dismissal from work of Robert Chiduku.

We don’t expect the employer to dismiss union leaders over fighting for a good cause.

Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition spokesperson Obert Masaraure said the sacking of Chiduku is “evil” and “should be condemned by all progressive citizens.”

Health Services Board (HSB) spokesperson Tryfine Rachel Dzvukutu confirmed to NewsDay that the board had summoned a number of nurses with hearings still in progress.

More: NewsDay

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Reeds 1 month ago

Manurse haamiriri kure pakujamuka zvawo dai tesetaidai dai tiri pane imwe stage

changara 1 month ago

zvino kwave kugumirwa 200 nurses ah what a story

🙊 1 month ago

kudzinga munhu basa risina Mari fara zvako usabatkana pamwe wakutopinda machena

Machiavelli 1 month ago

Collective Job Action is a Right as enshrined in the Zimbabwe Constitution, Labour Relations Act, and associated Statutory Instruments.

Having been a Human Resources practitioner myself, I can say categorically that under the Labour Relations Act it is the responsibility of 3employer to provide time and space for trade union activity at the workplace. Therefore the purported dismissal of Chiduku is null and void and at law of no force and effect. A good lawyer or even a human resources consultant will get him reinstated with no loss of emoluments and position.

The hearings summoning 200 nurses is pure terrorism, and will be set aside on appeal to the Labour Court.

The only consolation is that the government is unwittingly campaigning for CCC by so doing, and is giving the Nurses protest vote to Chamisa on a platter.

Hit & Run 1 month ago

kushandira zim ...muri magamba ,ñext time change tichikupembereraiwo...munehushingi

Mai Ro 1 month ago

...yes, thats another tactic junta gvnments operate. Intimidations, abductions, forced detaintions, massive lootings..etc etc. And thats exactly what zanu is doing....
#free the captives

Nahoreka 1 month ago

Zanu is at war with the pathetic..


🗣️ Apolitically 1 month ago

then come 2023 you vote like you not aware how you are being treated,one of your bosses has stood for you and now through his sacrifices he was fired.
vote wisely if you want change we all want change, let not fear whisper at you on the ballot box.


M.H.G 1 month ago

No one should be fired for collective job action .I have worked for JSC as a Interpreter both in the high Court and labour court for 31years and the action taken by the government is null and void.
My main problem is with the unions leadership which is not aware of the labour and their constitutional rights.

The dies not even allow a person salary to be reduced even if he or she is demoted yet the leaders appear ignorant about this and worst time in endless negotiating with the crooked government.


I am a Bush Lawyer, but the way I see things is that there was a miscarriage of justice.

It would seem this was Chiduku's first time to commit this breach of conduct. If indeed he was a first offender, the punishment meted on him was to harsh.

As a President of a labour union, I am very sure that Chiduku at one time or the other persuaded employees to abandon a planned work stoppage. Such incidents must have helped him in mitigation.

I want to console Chiduku by saying that he should not worry too much because he was in a struggle and in any struggle there are bound to be casualties.

I also want to console other healthcare workers who are facing similar predicament. In any struggle there are bound to be casualties.



Yours sincerely
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI

GWEDU 1 month ago

Only ED and colleague need disciplinary

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

Sometimes you dont know what you have until its gone, good or bad...

Sir Kaffir 1 month ago

You Will earn a better return selling mabhero than being a civil servants.

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