Zimbabwean nurses protest to demand U.S. dollar salaries

Harare-Health workers at Zimbabwe’s largest health institution Parirenyatwa Hospital on Wednesday protested against the unannounced slashing of their allowances.

The workers besieged the country’s Health Service Board (HSB) offices demanding an explanation on the latest development which they say compounds to their woes.

Speaking to Report Focus News on condition of anonymity some workers said the government is insulting them.

“We are here at the employer’s office to demand an explanation on why our allowances were slashed without notice. The Government is insulting us with these actions they are taking. It is unreasonable to have allowances without notice,” said one worker

A nurse who also spoke on anonymity for fear of victimization said the top brass at the HSB are driving top of the range vehicles when they are facing transport challenges.

“I am forced to use public transport and when I knock off no one bothers to check if I had arrived home safe. They are driving top of the range vehicles and get free fuel yet the one who is doing the dirty work is the nurse,” she said “I am paying rent in US dollars and everything that I am paying is pegged in US. It is not fair right now I cannot afford to buy my own pant. Some people will label us and it has been like that. They have never communicated with us on their action to slash our salaries and this is the repercussion of their actions.”

The health worker were later addressed by Health Apex chairperson Enoch Dongo who is also Zimbabwe Nurses Association president said the Apex  had a meeting with HSB Chief Executive.

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“We had a meeting with the HSB chief executive and we told him why you are all gathered here. He promised to respond to our grievances which we had already sent to the board. However, on the way forward we are going to engage other health unions tomorrow morning and come up with a position. As of now we have a position as the Health Apex, we are only waiting signatures from the other 22 unions” said Dongo