By Marrian Rushwaya
Government employed nurses have ceased reporting for night duty citing financial incapacitation.
Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) president Enoch Dongo confirmed the development.
The union leader attributed the job action to poor salaries and allowances which he said was an unnecessary strain on nurses.
Dongo said nurses were only getting ZW$1 000 in allowances for night duties per month, something he felt was way below their expectations.
The amount is less than US$5 using parallel market rates which are mostly relied upon by local businesses to price their commodities and services.
“We are not taking up night duty because of poor pay. The government has turned ignorant and is paying nurses ZW$1 000 per month for night duties which is not enough for one to travel to and from work at night,” Dongo said.
“It is costly to travel at night both financially and psycho-socially and that is not being recognised by the government.
“We are reminding the employer that these allowances are based on work done during odd hours with little compensation.
“We have families that need to be taken care of. We leave toddlers at home under the supervision of nannies who also need salaries at the end of the month and I am getting ZW$1 000 which is not worth the risk of travelling and working at night.”
The collective job action by the crucial health staff is likely to be a further strain to the country’s near battered health delivery system.