Doctors To Down Tools Despite 60% Salary Increase

Despite getting a 60 percent salary increase,  have alerted government of their plan to embark on an industrial action starting from the 3rd of September saying delays by the Health Service Board to review their salaries has rendered them incapacitated.

The strike mainly focuses on the doctors from the country’s main hospitals that is Mpilo, Bulawayo United, Parirenyatwa Group and Chitungwiza Central Hospitals.

In an interview with 263Chat, Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association(ZHDA) Spokesperson Dr Peter Magombeyi said they do not have means to continue reporting for work.

“Knowing that what they are offering us as salary increase is nothing but a meager stipend, there are external forces that are also threatening us. We have been called several times to accept the offer. For that reason the doctors are embarking on an industrial action against their interests and association on threat come September 3,” said Magombeyi.

In a statement released today, ZHDA said there is no satisfactory agreement to insulate the doctors from the current high cost of living.

“Attempts to engage the employer have proved futile and even after all those meetings, no satisfactory agreement has been reached to insulate the doctors from the current high cost of living,” reads the statement.

Early this week, the health workers accepted the 60% salary increase but the doctors said they are still incapacitated.

“We are under HEALTH APEX as Doctors and we didn’t agree with the proceedings but once health Apex signs we have also “accepted” the offer though we are going ahead with the strike since we are still facing the same challenges,” added Dr Magombeyi.

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