Doctors reject government’s 48 hr ultimatum and turn down Strive Masiyiwa’s offer. Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) have rejected the government’s 48-hour moratorium and Strive Masiyiwa’s incentive to resume work. The incapacitated doctors who have downed tools for over 2 months after a protracted standoff with the government over poor working conditions and inadequate salary, issued a statement on Friday in which they turned down both offers, claiming that they fail to address the fundamentals.
The government yesterday granted a reprieve for fired doctors who were dismissed after being found guilty of absenteeism. The decision came after a meeting between the government and Catholic bishops who made a petition regarding the sacked doctors. In a bid to break the deadlock, Econet’s Founder, Strive Masiyiwa’s Higher Life Foundation this week offered striking doctors an incentive of ZWL 5000(US310) on top of their current government salaries, to resume work.
In a statement issued by the ZDHA on their official Twitter account, the doctors expressed that the solutions offered failed to completely address the demands of the doctors.
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On Sunday 24th November, the ZHDA and SHDA met with a representative from Higher life Foundation and deliberated on their offer of financial assistance to government doctors. It was agreed that feedback was to be given after consulting the ZHDA Constituency before entering into any memorandum of understanding.
As such, it was concluded that in as much as the support from HLF is welcome, it does not address completely the demands of the doctors for a salary whose value is preserved despite soaring inflation as well as the provision of adequate and appropriate tools of trade.
It was posted that the offer from Higher life may be reconsidered once the stand-off between the ZHDA and its employer (HSB) has been resolved. This recognises the sincerity of the donor group and desire not to interfere with the negotiation process. The stipulated timeframes and terms and conditions surrounding the offer doesn’t make it a viable long-lasting solution that the doctors are in search of at the moment
We appreciate the role played by the Catholic bishops which has resulted in the doctors being issued a moratorium, valid for the next 48hrs. Sadly the moratorium has come without another offer on the table having been communicated to us. Should this moratorium lapse without the formal communication of an offer that is reasonable, it would stand as yet another gracious privilege that is lost.
We would appreciate it more if the bishops talk to the doctor’s representatives first so that they are in an informed position to represent the doctor’s real interests. We appreciate the role played by this latest intervention in a labour dispute that has gone past the 88th day and we reiterate that we remain open to dialogue, hoping that a lasting solution will be found without further delay. ZHDA Information Department.
Source – iHarare
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