The Zimbabwe government has fired all striking nurses with immediate effect after the nurses refused to end their industrial action yesterday as per health ministry's plight.
The announcement was made on Tuesday evening that all striking nurses have been dismissed with immediate effect and should consider themselves unemployed.
The Ministry Of Health in their statement read out on the state media said, the nurses were fired after rejecting a $17,5 million offer.
Yesterday, Minister of Health and Child Care David Parirenyatwa had begged the striking to nurses to return to work. The nurses went on strike on Monday accusing the government of reneging on an agreement which was reached at the beginning of this month.
In a statement, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said the nurses' grievances require urgent attention.
Dr Parirenyatwa said the government has since instructed Treasury to look into the financial implications of the nurses' demands, with a view to resolving them amicably. He said in the light of this major concession by government, which has been made against well-known economic challenges facing the nation, in the interest of patients, and in order to avert any loss of life through disruption of essential services, the reasons for calling for the industrial action no longer obtain.
"Government thus appeals to the striking nurses to call off their actions to make way for harmonious industrial relations. This is even more urgent in view of the high mobility in the country related to the impending Independence holiday period. As the Minister responsible, I thus add my voice by urging the striking staff to go back to work without any further delay, to allow Government, through its appropriate arms, to finalize decisions on the matter," said Minister Parirenyatwa.
Parirenyatwa further stated that against this auspicious background, any nursing staff which does not respond and promptly report for duty as assigned will thus be deemed in breach of contract of employment, and thus deserving of appropriate disciplinary action.
"Against this auspicious background, any nursing staff which does not respond and promptly report for duty as assigned will thus be deemed in breach of contract of employment, and thus deserving of appropriate disciplinary action," he added.