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Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who dismissed the nurses in his role as the supervisor of the social services cluster said the continued strike by the nurses was unfortunate since earlier meetings have been held between the government and nurses' association over the matter.
According to government officials, the nurses, who went on strike Monday over poor pay and working conditions, reneged on an agreement to return to work after the government agreed to release $17 million to meet their demands. "The government now regards this lack of remorse as politically motivated and thus as going beyond concerns of conditions of service and worker welfare", he was quoted in a statement cited by news site VOA Zimbabwe.More news: Pentagon: Syria retains limited capability for chemical attack in future
NAIJ.com notes that weeks after doctors had ended their own strike, nurses began theirs and patients were turned away from major hospitals.
Chiwenga accused the health professionals of negotiating in bad faith, saying their strike was politically-motivated.
"Accordingly, government has decided, in the interest of patients and of saving lives, to discharge all the striking nurses with immediate effect", he said.More news: Altrinsic Global Advisors LLC Decreased Baidu INC (BIDU) Stake by $26.02 Million
The nurses' strike comes after government gave in to doctors' demands and hiked their salaries and allowances, following a month-long strike that had crippled the health sector.
The Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZNA), which has more than 16,000 members, said government negotiators had on Sunday tried to avert the strike by promising to pay arrears but nurses resolved to go on strike.
Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa said it was also important that nurses be on duty as the nation celebrates the independence holiday, which is usually associated with high road accidents.More news: Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg. (TSM) Getting Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Shows