Zimbabwe: Nurses’ Strike Unlawful, Says Hsb
THE Well being Companies Board (HSB) has slated the month-long industrial motion by nurses as unlawful saying they rushed to withdraw labour with out enough discover.
HSB, by way of the Lawyer-Common’s Civil Division, stated the strike was a risk to folks’s constitutional proper to well being and is prone to trigger lack of life and so has approached the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare searching for an order declaring the strike unlawful.
Nurses withdrew their labour on June 18 and haven’t returned to work regardless of the spike in confirmed Covid-19 circumstances.
The board, which employs the nurses, is demanding an evidence from the Zimbabwe Nurses Affiliation why their strike shouldn’t be declared unlawful.
Within the papers filed on the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare just lately, HSB stated the strike was unlawful and the nurses had been performing in violation of the nation’s supreme legislation.
“The strike is prohibited on account of the truth that the employees have launched into the strike with out an try to current their grievances or conciliate the dispute. A certificates of no-settlement was not issued as required underneath Part 93 of the Labour Act.”
The nurses didn’t give 14 days’ discover as required by the legislation and simply withdrew labour with out discover, stated the HSB in its submission and the strike places the nation at severe well being danger and it should be referred to as off.
“It is not uncommon trigger that the well being staff are important service suppliers and their withdrawal of labour causes pointless lack of life,” argues HSB.
Nevertheless, ZINA secretary-general Mr Enock Dongo stated the strike was lawful and it was staged because of incapacitation and concern of exposing nurses to the chance of an infection by Covid-19.
“We really feel our strike is inside the legislation and it’s authorized. It was because of real incapacitation.”
In addition to the pay difficulty, the nurses need higher protecting gear.
“We went on to tell the Authorities that we’re vulnerable to contracting Covid-19 as a result of there isn’t any private protecting gear. Plenty of nurses to date have contracted Covid-19 and that confirms we’re in danger and the place we really feel unsafe, we’ve to withdraw companies till we get protecting gear,” he stated.