October 22, 2019

Zim striking doctors dig in

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ZTN reporter

Zimbabwe junior doctors on Monday vowed to continue with their strike, 50 days after embarking on the job action which has paralysed operations at public hospitals.

The doctors snubbed Government’s 100 percent hike on their on-call
allowances, saying the latest increase had been eroded by inflation which is
estimated at 300 percent.

The increase would have seen the on call allowances jump from ZWL$1200 to ZWL$2400 per month.

The doctors say while they acknowledge efforts by Government to address their grievances the “offers put forward (by Government), so far fall far short of their expectations.”

As the doctors’ industrial action continues, Government has withheld their
October salaries.

Stung by the salary cuts, the doctors are crying for an SOS and they have set up a crowd fund platform to help ease the financial crisis being faced by their members.

Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association spokesperson, Dr Tawanda Zvakada, told a media conference in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare that they are open for dialogue with Government.

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