- Zimbabwe sacked 77 doctors for striking over low wages
- According to reports, the doctors had been striking for over two months before they were dismissed
- The doctors' salaries were only Z$1 200 - which is about R1 100 a month
A whopping 77 medical doctors were sacked for striking more than two months after calling for a pay raise.
The Daily Sun reported the doctors earned an estimated Z$1 200 per month, which is about R1 100.
The protests began several weeks ago and the Health Service Board launched a disciplinary hearing at the beginning of this month.
Many of the doctors could not attend the hearing because they did not have money for transport.
On Tuesday, the Cabinet released an official statement:
"Of the 80 doctors charged, 77 were found guilty and discharged."
The doctors rejected a 60% pay raise, saying that it was not enough to keep up with the inflating economy.
Last month, the doctors were ordered by the court to return to work but they ignored the ruling.
The news surfaced online and social media users were shocked by 77 doctors losing their jobs.
Archford Chivanga, who goes by the Twitter handle @archiechivanga, commented:
"Other countries are happy about this development, they will welcome these doctors with open arms to their countries. The public health delivery has been made poorer."
Mthoko Sibanda Sibasa, @SibasaSibanda, added:
"Cry the beloved country."
Another tweep, @CharlesGwedu, wrote:
"All Zimbabwean doctors and nurses must not report for work. They must go on strike starting tomorrow till the government recalls the doctors."
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