Zimbabwe’s largest referral hospital, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, has started marking daily attendance registers for nurses and doctors after they withdrew labour Monday, pushing for better pay.
Striking nurses told union leaders, Tuesday that they had received threats from matrons.
“We have been told that a register of attendance is being marked about three times a day and we fear that we will be fired,” a nurse who works at Parirenyatwa said.
Health Apex Council secretary General Lloyd Sarai said:”That should be expected; and besides it is their job,” he said.
“But we should not be deterred because these are casualties. We are in a struggle for money. We know some were fired on TV but they are still at work
“There is no crime of misconduct, they will simply call us for disciplinary action and we have never heard of anyone who was fired for misconduct.
“So fear not, let us remain resolute dear comrades.”
Health workers on Monday went on an indefinite strike to demand salaries in US dollars.
The lowest paid health worker walks home with $20 000 Zimdollars (US$40).
Last Friday, civil servants rejected a below inflation, 100% salary increase offered by the government.