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Strikes and Protests 2007/8 - Doctors and Nurses strikes
doctors demand 800 percent salary hike
Hendricks Chizhanje, ZimOnline
September 29, 2007
the index of articles on the doctors' and nurses' strikes
HARARE - Zimbabwe's
striking junior doctors yesterday vowed to press ahead with a crippling
industrial action until the government agrees to their demands for
an 800 percent salary hike.
Association president Amon Siveregi said although a tentative agreement
had been reached between the doctors and the Health Services Board
(HSB), the medical practitioners would only return to work after
getting a written undertaking from the ministry of finance.
with the HSB was that the doctors' salaries be hiked by 800 percent
and vehicle loans be reviewed from the current $25 million to $1.5
billion in line with Zimbabwe's hyperinflationary environment.
accedes to the demands, the junior doctors would now earn between
$80 million and $90 million from about $7 million currently.
the recommendations were on Wednesday submitted to Finance Minister
Samuel Mumbengegwi where they now await his approval.
of the negotiations were sent to Treasury on Wednesday and we are
now awaiting their approval by next Friday," Siveregi said.
doctors would only resume work after getting a response from the
government about their salary demands.
of control inflation currently topping over 6 000 percent has wiped
out real wages at a time when the Consumer
Council of Zimbabwe says an average family of five now needs
about $16 million to survive.
Strikes by doctors
over pay and better working conditions are common in Zimbabwe where
the health delivery system, once the envy of many in Africa, has
virtually collapsed after years of under-funding and mismanagement.
Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary general Raymond
Majongwe yesterday reported that some traditional chiefs and ruling
ZANU PF youths had stepped up their intimidation against the striking
teachers in the rural areas.
that some youths had visited several schools in Gokwe and Mhondoro-Ngezi
where they were harassing the striking teachers.
PF youths are harassing teachers and telling them to move out of
the school residences," Majongwe said.
have been on strike since Wednesday to demand higher pay and better
working conditions. "In some areas chiefs are asking teachers
to bring PTUZ T-shirts and alleging that they are Movement for Democratic
Change T-shirts," said Majongwe.
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