TEACHERS JUSTIFIES THEIR ABSCONDING OF DUTY BY DENYING CALLING IT A STRIKE
Written by carol phiri on January 9, 2019
The Zimbabwe teachers Association ZIMTA has justified action by some teachers who absconded duty saying teachers are not incapacitated to carry their duties hence the development is not industrial action.
In a telephone interview with our news reporter Takudzwa Mahove, ZIMTA Secretary-General Mr Tapson Nganunu said teachers have been left with no option but to stay at home and wait.
Meanwhile, a rift has emerged between doctors as some resumed work in the country’s public hospitals while others remained steadfast in industrial action.
Last week the first lady, Auxillia Mnangagwa met with Zimbabwe hospital doctors association president Doctor Elias Muzoremba who confirmed to the media that doctors had agreed to resume back to work.
However according to a ZHDA statement dated 7 January. 48 hours after the collective bargain agreement between the ZHDA and government the members collectively decided not to resume work insisting their demands haven’t been met. The statement went on to say their members are incapacitated therefore unable to resume duty and the few who showed up for duty have done so in good faith but remain in solidarity with those at home.
The industrial action by junior doctors enters its second month a situation which has impacted negatively on the country’s heath sector.