Southern Times Reporter
Striking Zimbabwe junior doctors have turned down government offer of 50 percent increment and have instead called for direct negotiations between government and the Zimbabwe Hospitals’ Doctors Association (ZHDA).
In a statement issued yesterday through their twitter handle, ZHDA said the strike could only end through direct engagements of the two parties.
“We as the ZDHA have been waiting patiently for the Minister and his team to come to the negotiating table so that a solution can be found for this impasses so that doctors can return to work and avoidable mortality can be mitigated,” read part of the statement.
The junior doctors said the sticking issue was on the number of hours they work per month.
The doctors are insisting that they work 160 hours per month and were paid $1,50 per hour but government negotiators insist they work seventy two hours a month and being paid five dollars per hour.
ZDHA is seeking a $10 an hour increment in allowances.
ZDHA called for the Minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa to apologise to the nation for setting an increment percentage rate and announcing it without negotiating with the doctors association.
“We would like to urge the responsible minister to apologise to the people of Zimbabwe, to come to the negotiating table and negotiate in good faith, for the good of the whole nation,” the doctors said.