Zimbabwe nurses’ strike over


Zimbabwean nurses called off a strike against poor working conditions and returned to work on Monday, a nurses union said.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga last week announced the sacking of 16,000 striking nurses, accusing them of a “politically motivated” walkout.

Zimbabwe National Union (ZINA) said the strike by its members had become “politicised”.
“To pave way for the re-opening of negotiations and protection of our workers, we decided to call off the industrial action,” ZINA said in a statement, calling on its members to report for duty on Monday.

The union said it filed a court application to force government to reverse its decision to fire the nurses.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is seeking to keep a lid on labour unrest in the build-up to the first elections since the fall of Robert Mugabe.

The elections will pit Mnangagwa against several opposition candidates and are set for July.

The nurses’ strike came days after junior doctors wrapped up a month-long walkout over pay and working conditions.