Zimbabwean nurses refuse to work night shift in salary dispute

05/07/2015 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Zimbabwe – Nurses in Zimbabwe have begun striking nationwide over pay issues. Striking nurses are now demanding $150 to work a weeklong shift, which would be a significant increase from the current $3 pay rate. According to an Associated Press report, the nurses are now refusing to work the night shift in public hospitals and clinics.

Union representative Enock Dongo says the nurses have described the current rate of pay as a “mockery.” Health Minister David Parirenyatwa has said that negotiations to put an end to the strike, which has lasted for more than a week, are progressing.

Zimbabwe Doctors for Human Rights asserts that nurses are more heavily relied upon in the public sector due to a shortage of qualified doctors on a national scale. The country is also facing an ailing economy, with major financial issues within the health insurance industry.

Other industries have also reportedly been impacted by the economy. The government previously announced that there was no budget to pay state workers annual bonuses until 2017; however, the decision was subsequently overturned by President Robert Mugabe.

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