Health workers in for pay bump
“I will not tell you the percentage increase that you will get, but negotiations and consultations over this matter are currently underway.
Chikobvu also said the government needed to ensure that health workers were able to access the US$75 coronavirus (Covid-19) allowance in hard currency, instead of being forced to convert this into local currency.
The secretary general of the Senior Hospital Doctors Association (SHDA), Aaron Musara told the Daily News yesterday that salary negotiations were failing to yield the desired results due to the government’s lack of negotiation based on what health workers needed.
“We rejected that offer because our members have made it clear that the government should pay us in United States dollars or the local currency equivalent pegged at the prevailing exchange rate.
“We will be going back to the negotiating table tomorrow (today), but for the process to work the government needs to listen to what we are asking for and negotiate around that.
“In the meantime, doctors are only attending emergency situations because we are incapacitated. We cannot afford to go to work daily,” Musara said.