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Senior Doctors, Nurses Give Notice Of Incapacitation And Withdrawal Of Service

Senior Doctors, Nurses Give Notice Of Incapacitation And Withdrawal Of Service

Senior doctors, nurses and radiographers have given notice that they will go on strike from Monday, June 20, to demand improved salaries. In a notice of incapacitation and withdrawal of service seen by Pindula News, the workers who are currently paid in the local currency have repeated their call to be paid in United States Dollars (USD). The Zimbabwe dollar has been losing value since its reintroduction in 2019. Reads the letter addressed to the chairperson of the Health Services Board Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Dr Sikhosana:

NOTICE OF INCAPACITATION AND WITHDRAWAL OF SERVICE

Following our meeting on the 17th of June 2022 at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, attended by the health worker association representatives, it was unanimously agreed that as the government health workers, represented by the Health worker Associations leaders, here undersigned, after having made numerous attempts to engage the employer with no success, do hereby notify your office of our state of incapacitation and the subsequent withdrawal of service the government health workers effective Monday 20 June 2022. Zimbabwe Health APEX council. The decision to withdraw our service is not taken lightly, but the workers are without means to execute their mandate. We restate the major grievances below.

1. Closure of negotiation space. It is important that we remind you, that we have not had a bipartite meeting since April 2021. This is despite our repeated efforts to engage the board. We have written to you more than 5 times to you requesting a meeting to no avail.

2. Failure to provide a meaning) o living adjustment. It is common knowledge that the economic conditions have deteriorated significantly in the last 6 months. This is clearly indicated by the rapid and precipitous fall in the interbank rate and the steep increase in inflation, now well over 130%. The loss of value of the local currency is apparent and evidenced by the government’s decision to pay farmers in USD. We, therefore, repeat our call for salaries USD.

3. Failure to review non-claimable health sector-specific allowances-As agreed in the CBA 2 of 2018 ( i.e. on-call, call out/standby, night duty, nurse managers’ and special health allowances) the last review did not adequately address the issues raised given that these allowances are based on work done during odd hours with tale compensation being offered by the employer.

4. Failure to review the Regrading System. The failure of the board to regrade health workers as previously agreed. The last review of grades was done in 2012. Zimbabwe Health APEX- council.

5. Donor-funded nostro retention allowances. The board’s failure to facilitate the timeous disbursement of the donor retention allowances. The board has previously communicated that this was at an advanced stage, however, no meaningful progress has been made towards disbursement. The allowances ceased in 2020. There is little incentive to continue going for work in the health sector.

6. Failure to meaningfully and timeously Review COVID-19 risk allowances-. These were last reviewed in 2022 currently they are at ZWL3 000, ZWL 4 500 and ZWL7 500, as such, are now very negligible considering the exposure of the health workers during this pandemic. Health workers never stopped reporting for duty even when most public servants were at home.

It is our prayer that immediate and meaningful steps are taken by the board to address the matters raised to avoid inconveniencing the public who rely on our services.

The Health worker Association Representatives See the attached list of associations and their representatives.

Cc:

The Honorable Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Rtd General Dr C.G.D.N Chiwenga

The Honorable Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr J.0 Mangwiro(MP)

Secretary for Health and Child Care, Air Commodore Dr J. Chimedza

Signed:

Dr T Kusotera (SHDA),I Sibanda (ZIGRA) T Musoro (GTA) P Chivese (ZIPTA) L Sarai (ZIHWU) E Dongo (ZINA)

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TAFADZWA MUGWADI AND CREW CAN HELP YOI MUCHIPATARS 2 weeks ago

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🅼🅰🆁🅰🆅🅰🆉🅰 2 weeks ago

𝑩𝒆𝒅𝒖 𝒘𝒆𝒆, 𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒂 𝒗𝒂𝒌𝒂𝒊𝒔𝒊𝒓𝒘𝒂 𝒂 𝒔𝒖𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒎𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒈𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒗𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆𝒔, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒉𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈. 𝑺𝒂𝒌𝒂 𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒘𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒂 𝒊𝒔 𝒄𝒍𝒖𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒔𝒔, 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕𝒔 𝒕𝒐 𝒓𝒖𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒐𝒓 𝒍𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒂 𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒈𝒂𝒅𝒆. 𝑯𝒆𝒂𝒍𝒕𝒉 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒐𝒓 𝒊𝒏𝒐𝒅𝒂 𝒎𝒖𝒏𝒉𝒖 𝒂𝒓𝒊 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘𝒍𝒆𝒅𝒈𝒆𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒂 𝒓𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒓𝒎𝒚 𝒋𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒓𝒊.


Anonymous 2 weeks ago

hanzi maionererwa nema dustcoart e white kuchikoro muchizviita shasha
muchadya mercury


mbezo 2 weeks ago

Chinonyanyorwadza ngechekuti, vazhinji vanorasikirwa noupenyu muzvipatara panguva yakadai nokushaya mukoti kana chiremba anobatsira


Da Truth 2 weeks ago

Welcome to zimbabwe ladies and gentlemen.Idyai patriotism vanhu .Mari Haina basa chakakosha kuti murikutengesa be Zanupf Chete farieai Zanupf Chete idei chaizvo .Ini hangu boooooo . Pamberi nekubatana pamberi neku shinga kkkkkkk varisei vana me mhuri ikoko kwamuri mose .Ini kuno kwakanaka chose ndinogara hangu .Mundidarisirewo Va Chiwenga namai Chiwenga .Muvati kwanzi na Da Truth makadii ???Muvaidze kuti vanhu vaya Batangas vanoda chi junta chete .


Chiurai 2 weeks ago

Sekuru wako vanorwarawo kwausiri vakafa ne nhau dze strike idzi. Tiva renyurobata vakawanda iro.


Bläskøshto 2 weeks ago

alluta macomrades



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