Les arrestations ont eu lieu à l'hôpital de Harare, le 6 juillet, alors que les infirmiers/ères protestaient en disant qu'elles ne pouvaient plus survivre avec leur salaire mensuel. Elles ont été libérées sous caution mais ont été retirées de la liste des employés et sont accusées d'avoir enfreint les règles COVID-19.

L'ISP a écrit au gouvernement du Zimbabwe pour demander que toutes les infirmières soient immédiatement réintégrées et que le gouvernement du Zimbabwe cesse d'intimider et de harceler les travailleurs/euses de la santé et écoute plutôt leurs demandes et préoccupations légitimes. L'ISP a également écrit à l'Organisation internationale du travail (OIT) pour demander son intervention urgente et que le cas soit renvoyé au Comité de la liberté syndicale pour un examen détaillé.

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Selon l'affilié de l'ISP, l'Association des infirmières du Zimbabwe (ZINA), cette attaque a été lancée pour empêcher les infirmières d'organiser une manifestation pacifique et constitue une violation flagrante des droits syndicaux et humains.

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Watch this moving video of a Zimbabwe nurse explaining how despite having achieved her dream of becoming a nurse, she can no longer afford to buy decent meals, pay her mobile phone bill or school her child.

ZINA had been on strike, with workers gathered in Harare and Bulawayo, to push for upward salary review and outstanding COVID-19 allowances, as well as adequate provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This was after government rendered the Bipartite Negotiating Panel for the sector useless, when it unilaterally declared that it would not be engaging in any form of collective bargaining for the next three months. Such contempt for ZINA’s trade union and labour right to organise and collective bargaining is unacceptable.

With the inflation rate hovering around 1000%, the cost of living has risen so rapidly and steeply as to render public sector salaries almost worthless. In parallel, the government of Zimbabwe has spent millions of dollars on luxury cars for senior officials. No wonder the workers are declaring that they have nothing more to lose. Some studies have calculated the cost of the food basket to be at $8000.00 [approx 116USD] against a salary said to be around $3000.00 [approx 43USD]. The negotiations should therefore not only address the short-term concerns of the workers but should also put in mechanisms to sustainably cushion the workers against the run-away inflation.

We call on the Zimbabwe Government to reverse its dictatorial stance, to ensure nurses and all other health workers are provided with adequate PPE, pay the outstanding COVID-19 allowances and return to the Bipartite Negotiating Panel for collective bargaining on ZINA’s legitimate demand for an upward review of the salaries of its members.

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