16 000 ‘FIRED’ Nurses return to work in Zimbabwe

HARARE- According to a union representing thousands of Zimbabwean nurses said they have returned to work after ending a major strike which said that renewed negotiations with the government were expected to begin.

More than 15 000 staff demanded better working conditions and improved wages, walked out public public hospitals ago.

The government and nurses were deadlock led to the government announcing that the striking nurses had been sacked and accused them of being “politically motivated.”

Enoch Dongo, spokesperson for the Zimbabwe Nurses Association, told AFP news agency on Monday, “Nurses have gone back to work today although their grievances still stand,”

“Some were asked to first fill in dismissal forms and then sign forms for resumption of duty. We haven’t heard of any who have been turned back.”

The Zimbabwe National Union (ZINA) said earlier that the strike by its members had become “politicised”.

In a statement it said, “To pave way for the re-opening of negotiations and protection of our workers, we have decided to call off the industrial action.”

Many nurses in Zimbabwe operate in poorly-equipped state run hospitals, with patients expected to to supply their own basics such as drugs and equipment.

Photo Credit- CNN.com

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