Civil servants have threatened to go on strike on January 1, 2016 if Government fails to come up with measure to enable them to report for work as they wait for January 5 to receive their December salaries.
Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa last week announced that the December salary payment date for all other civil servants, health workers included, had been moved from December 29 to January 5.
Salary payment dates for those in the education sector were also moved from December 28 to today.
imbabwe Nurses Association (ZiNA) general secretary Mr Enock Dongo said nurses understood the difficulties faced by the Government in financing its operations.
Mr Dongo said Government should have, however, consulted with health workers on how best to handle the issue of salary payments to avoid demoralising the employees and actions that might come out of their frustrations.
“Let it be known that our meagre salaries cannot stretch beyond the 31st of December 2015 as we had made budgets with pay dates in mind.
“As such, we would like to announce that as of 1st January, we do not have transport money to go to work which simply means that we will be home starving without even food and rentals, not mentioning money for school fees.
“This can only be reversed if Government makes transport arrangements for our workforce to and from work and or pay us on 29 December,” said Mr Dongo.
The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) national executive said in a statement yesterday that it would soon be communicating formally with concerned Government departments of their position to down tools come January 1.
“The ZHDA will immediately send formal communication to the Minister of Health, Minister of Finance (and Economic Development), clinical directors and heads of departments on this strict deadline. Our legal advisors have also been tasked to mount a legal challenge on this contractual violation. Measures will be enacted to protect our doctors from threats and victimisation,” it said.
The ZHDA also expressed concern over failure by their employer to offer them non monetary incentives in view of the limited fiscal space, to keep them motivated.