Thousands of Zimbabwe nurses went on strike for better wages

Vastavam web: Thousands of Zimbabwe nurses who were sacked after they went on strike for better wages have been told to return to work by their union, in a bid to allow fresh negotiations with the government.Some 15,000 nurses fighting for better work conditions walked out of public hospital wards last Monday, paralysing major hospitals resulting in patients being turned away.

Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, dismissed them a day after, accusing them of being “politically motivated.”The nurses said their strike had been politicised, but gave no details.”It is highly regrettable that our cause of collective job action has been highly politicised,” said the statement.

The nurses are demanding better wages and are complaining about lack of basics in government hospitals, including drugs. The dismissal of the nurses was seen as a hardline response by the country’s new leadership to growing labour unrest.