Health workers down tools in Chitungwiza

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  • Nurses demand better salaries
  • The town fails to provide PPE to health workers

CHITUNGWIZA municipality health workers downed tools after the municipality failed to improve their salaries, provide personal protective equipment and COVID-19 allowances.

The industrial action comes amid reports the Chitungwiza Town Council had failed to properly remunerate its employees, pay salary arrears as well as other job-related allowances.

Chitungwiza Municipality Acting Town Clerk Tonderai Kasu did not respond to questions sent him until the time of publication.

Chitungwiza council has several clinics located in Zengeza, Seke South, Seke North and St Mary’s which are all on strike.

A disgruntled health worker told Zim Morning Post that they would not go back to work until they were paid their allowances and salary arrears..

“Government and other health institutions are paying their workers COVID-19 allowances, but we are not receiving anything and you expect us to report for duty?” she said.

“The council owes us in salary arrears.

“We have been waiting but no action is being taken. How do they expect us to feed our families?” she added.

“For the past seven months, we have not been getting transport allowances but they expect us to report for work.

“Where would I find the money for bus fare?” she said.

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