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Zimbabwe: Doctors continue strike despite court order

Zimbabwe: Doctors continue strike despite court order
Local doctors started strike on Sept. 3 demanding better work conditions and better salaries, and now appeal court ruling

ANKARA (AA) - Zimbabwean government doctors on Monday continued their over-monthlong strike, rejecting a Friday court order that gave them 48 hours to return to work, according to local media.

The doctors have been on strike since Sept. 3 in protest of working conditions and low salaries, as they earn approximately $200 per month, the lowest in the region, reported the Vanguard newspaper.

The Health Service Board, which employs the doctors, had applied to the Labor Court, which on Friday called the strike “illegal” and gave doctors 48 hours to return to work.

But on Sunday the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) announced it will appeal the court ruling at the Supreme Court, according to local news website ZBC.

“While doctors would want nothing more than to return to work in service of their patients, they continue to be incapacitated and lack the resources to allow them to comply with the Labor Court judgment. An appeal will be lodged with the supreme court,” said a statement by the group.

source: News Feed
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