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Court postpones doctors, HSB case

09 Oct 2019 at 07:20hrs | Views
The Labour Court has postponed a case in which the Health Services Board (HSB) had applied to determine the legality of the ongoing doctors' strike in the wake of the medical practitioners' refusal to comply with a government directive to return to work on Monday.

This matter was adjourned after HSB lawyer Tim Tombo failed to provide minutes of a meeting held between government and doctors, where the government allegedly conceded that health workers were indeed incapacitated.

The Zimbabwean government, which is facing a crippling industrial action by doctors working in state hospitals, hauled hundreds of doctors before the Labor Court in an effort to end the 35-day strike initiated by junior doctors, earning less than US$200, who are demanding better salaries and improved working conditions.

The strike has been joined by some specialists, senior and middle-level doctors that are making similar demands.

According to Dr. Paulinus Sikosana, chairperson of the Health Service Board which employs doctors, their move to walk away from negotiations following a state offer of a 66 percent cost of living adjustment, prompted the Ministry of Health to take the matter to the Labor Court.

Source - Daily News
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