Health Services Board Apex Council and the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZNA) have from today embarked on a strike following the failure by government to respond to the 14 day ultimatum announced two weeks ago.
In a letter addressed to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the associations noted that the employer failed to address the grievances of its workers hence their decision to withdraw services.
In an interview with 263Chat, Health workers apex council team leader Panganai Chivese said the money they received this month for salaries is only sufficient for two days.
“The government has failed to address the most important grievances relating to remuneration of health workers vis-a-vis the current economic climate have not been addressed. If the government fails to address our grievances by the 24th we will be forced to stay home because we can no longer afford to go to work,” Chivese said.
Accordingly, the health services board has resolved that all health workers will attend work for only two days between 17 to 23 June 2019.
”Should the remaining grievances remain unresolved by close of day, June 23, all health workers will completely withdraw their labour from June 24,” reads part of the letter to government.