Zim­babwe doc­tors end strike with­out deal as unions meet gov­ern­ment

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HARARE - Zim­bab­wean doc­tors yes­ter­day ended a 40-day strike for bet­ter pay and con­di­tions that crip­pled pub­lic hos­pi­tals with­out a deal on salary in­creases, their union said, but warned that mem­bers may not re­port for work daily due to acute fuel short­ages.

The an­nounce­ment by the Zim­babwe Hos­pi­tal Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (ZHDA) came just hours be­fore pub­lic sec­tor unions were to meet the gov­ern­ment, which is ex­pected to ta­ble an of­fer to ex­pand cost-of-liv­ing pay­ments in an at­tempt to avert un­rest. Ju­nior doc­tors downed tools on De­cem­ber 1 com­plain­ing about lack of drugs in hos­pi­tals and to press for U.S. dol­lar salaries. Teach­ers are also on strike, and other civil ser­vants have threat­ened ad­di­tional ac­tion. ZHDA said Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa’s gov­ern­ment had started de­liv­er­ing medicines and other sun­dries in state hos­pi­tals and made a writ­ten un­der­tak­ing to hire more doc­tors and re­view salaries and al­lowances. There was no time­line given.

“Our mem­bers have be­grudg­ingly re­sumed work with ef­fect from to­day as di­a­logue con­tin­ues,” ZHDA said in a state­ment.

“Poor re­mu­ner­a­tion and the cur­rent fuel short­age re­main a threat that may spon­ta­neously hin­der our mem­bers from re­port­ing to work daily.”

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