doctors shortage

Striking Zimbabwean doctors risk losing their monthly salaries should they continue to defy a government directive for them to return to work.

Junior doctors at public hospitals have been on strike since Sept. 3 demanding a review of their salaries in line with the prevailing exchange rate.

They have refused to accept a 100 percent salary increment from their employer, and the Labor Court has also ruled their strike illegal.

Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo said government will now invoke the Labor Court ruling allowing it to take disciplinary action against the defiant doctors, the Herald reported Tuesday.

“As you are aware, we requested the doctors to come back to work. The Labor Court disposal order said government should take disciplinary action against those not coming to work. Government has taken a decision as recommended by the Health Service Board who are following that disposal order,” he said.

He said the first disciplinary action is that any doctor who is not coming to work will not be paid, and secondly other action related to those not coming to work will also be taken in line with the law.

Last week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said government was aware of external forces that were propping up the strike by the doctors.

“Two months ago, we raised their salaries and they came back again saying the value of the money had been eroded and we offered them a 30 percent increase which they rejected and we increased it to 60 percent which they rejected again.

“After going through what is happening, we have discovered that there are a few individuals who are getting outside influence and then coming to influence others to continue with the strike,” he said.

He urged the doctors to continue wage negotiations with the government while they are at work. Enditem

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