Harare nurses on Tuesday gave the government an ultimatum to pay their bonuses by end of this week or face a strike on Monday.
This after the government announced that its employees, who have not received their bonuses will be paid at the end of the month.
The Harare nurses, who are members of the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA), accuse the government of reneging on its earlier promises to pay them by January 2nd.
It was not immediately clear whether nurses at other towns and cities will follow suit. If the Harare nurses follow through on their threats, service delivery at Parirenyatwa, Chitungwiza and Harare hospitals will be severely compromised.
ZINA Harare chairman Enoch Dongo tells Studio 7 there is no going back on the industrial action.
Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association president Fortune Nyamande says they are fully behind the nurses.
In a related development, the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association is holding a two-day national executive meeting focusing on issues affecting its membership and what it calls lack of social dialogue between civil servants and the government through the National Joint Negotiating Council.
ZIMTA president Richard Gundani says they want the government to respect commitments it made that include non-monetary incentives and improved conditions of service.