Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) have challenged the recent decision by the government to fire nurses who were on industrial action advocating against poor wages and poor working conditions.
Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights have mentioned the firing of nurses by the government as a “dangerous and irresponsible response”.
The two groups have sited that the decision made by the government is contradicting with part of the constitution section 65(3) and (4) which states that “every employee has the right to participate in collective job action, including the right to strike, sit in, withdraw their labour and take other similar concerted action” and “every employee is entitled to just equitable and satisfactory conditions of work”.
As a result the two organisations have called up the government to revoke the dismissal of nurses and reinstate them to their positions while responding to the concerns raised by the health practitioners.
In addition, they said the government should increase funding allocation to the health sector and strive to allocate 15% to health stipulated in the Abuja Declaration in order to enhance the quality of the citizens.
Meanwhile the recruitment of retired and unemployed nurses is already underway as all nurses who were expected to be on duty on the 16th and 17th of April but did not report as instructed are deemed to have been summarily dismissed.