Zimbabwe govt doctors demand US$ salaries

Zimbabwe govt doctors demand US$ salaries
Published: 23 October 2018 (100 Views)
Doctors employed by the Zimbabwe government led by the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA)  have joined teachers in demanding to be paid their salaries in United States dollars to cushion themselves from rampaging inflation. At the same time, the doctors have implored government to declare the situation in the health sector a state of emergency to enable it to see aid from international partners.

The ZHDA national executive delivered the health ministry a petition stating their demands Monday.

The association will meet Health Minister and Child Care minister Obadiah Moyo later this week.

"It is our duty to present these issues advocating on behalf of our patients, our members and the entire health sector," said the ZHDA in a statement Monday.

According to the association, the demands are not new, but the situation has been made even more urgent by the country's deteriorating economic situation.

"The Collective Bargaining Agreement on the 2nd March 2018 states that our salaries are paid in US dollars," reads the petition.

"As of this month our members were paid in RTGS and cannot access basic goods and commodities, let alone travel to work. We implore the government to pay salaries in US dollars as previously agreed.

"Furthermore we request non-monetary incentives such as fuel to be available to our members and the civil service at government prescribed rates, most hospitals have fuel tanks."

- newzimbabwe

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