Zimbabwe doctors call off strike after government partially meets their demands



Zimbabwe’s junior doctors have called off a three-week strike, saying the government had partially met their demands, just one day before a one-day walk-out by other public sector workers.

The doctors downed their tools on February 15 demanding annual bonuses, an increase in on-call allowances and cheaper cars. Nurses joined the strike last week.

To deal with the absence of the doctors, the Zimbabwean government had deployed army medics to fill in during the strike.

The government increased allowances to $360 per month rather than the $720 demanded by doctors, promised a car loan package and created 250 new posts for doctors with immediate effect.

“The ball is now in government court to deliver on promises and improve on doctors’ conditions of service, failing which, as the ZHDA we remain resolute that we will take decisive action to defend the best interests of the health profession in Zimbabwe,” the ZHDA said.

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