Hospital doctors have given notice to government that they will soon embark on a national strike if the employer does not pay them better salaries.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the doctors announced that they will be downing tools after 14 days as government was not willing to increase their salaries in accordance with the market rates and inflation.
“The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association would like to affirm its true position regarding the Health Service Bipartite Negotiations. Our members and alumni stand in solidarity with the
Health Apex position of issuing a 14 day ultimatum to the government, following unsuccessful negotiations concerning the welfare of all cadres in the health service and beyond,” read the statement.
Other health professionals who are also set to join the doctors are nurses, midwifes and other players in the health system.
“Should the government fail to act positively to our plight, we risk the disruption of industrial harmony,” the statement read.
The health workers want to be paid in foreign currency as well as increase in the amount of vehicle loan availed to them by the state.