Doctors call strike off in Zimbabwe after One month

The Union of doctors in Zimbabwe have announced an end to the over a month-long strike, the union said Thursday, adding the government had pledged to address their grievances.

Hundreds of doctors in public hospitals embarked on the strike on December 1 demanding salaries in US dollars, an increase in on-call allowances and an improvement in drug supplies and equipment.

Their decision to return to work came days after teachers’ unions announced a strike and the main civil service union said it was consulting members after rejecting the government’s offer of a 10-percent pay rise.

“We have declared that the strike has ended as the dialogue continues and we expect that our members should start reporting for duty,” Mtabisi Bhebhe, president of the Hospital Doctors Association, told AFP.

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“Government has committed to address the salary issue and improve drug supplies and supply of medical sundries and equipment.

“Poor remuneration and the current fuel shortages remain a challenge which may hinder our members from reporting for duty consistently.”

Zimbabwe’s economy has been on a downturn for more than a decade with shortages of cash, high unemployment and the government battling to pay its workers as public services crumble.

Source: AFP

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