Despite the dismissal of more than 200 of them last week, Zimbabwe’s public sector doctors are determined to continue their protests.
According to the local press, they say they are committed to achieving equity in the health sector. The strikers were suspended by the authorities for their participation in the mobilization that has paralyzed the country’s public hospitals for two months.
They demand that the government revalorize wages, whose value has melted because of hyperinflation and the devaluation of the local currency. They say that their salary does not exceed the equivalent of a hundred euros per month.
The doctors rejected all the salary increases proposed by the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, which has obtained justice that it declares their strike illegal and orders them to return to work.
Faced with their refusal, the authorities initiated disciplinary proceedings against the recalcitrant. Zimbabwean officials, who are also demanding a salary increase, have also called for demonstrations on Wednesday in the capital Harare.