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Attempts to silence us through force is nothing new – ZINA

By Almot Maqolo

Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) says its colleagues are currently being victimized for exercising their rights after arrest of nurses trying to stage a demonstration, This comes as the Zimbabwe Republic Police have arrested 12 nurses for allegedly planning to stage a demonstration against slave wages.

“Today 6th July 2020, we have received information that nurses have been arrested at Harare Hospital. Indications are that the arrests were done allegedly for purpose of avoiding a demonstration at Harare hospital. At the time of arrest no demonstration had begun,” reads ZINA statement.

The association urged all striking nurses to remain resolute and continue the struggle. “To those who have been going to work all along, for how long will you continue to ignore the collective efforts of the nursing profession? We urge you to stop derailing the efforts of many and to immediately withdraw your labour in solidarity with the need to protect nurses’ interest.

“In particular we demand the following: immediate release of all our colleagues who being victimized by being arrested en masse and payment of our salaries in US dollars as they were on the first of October 2018,” ZINA said. Zimbabwe is in the grips of a worsening economic crisis characterised by soaring inflation, stagnant wages and shortages of fuel and other essentials.

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