Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Nurses strike continues as Labour minister refuses to meet striking nurses

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 Graduates  dancing in Mpika during the 8th combined graduation ceremony for Chilonga and Kasama Schools of Nursing and Midwives which was held at Chilonga Mission School of Nursing.A total of 94 nurses graduated.
Graduates dancing in Mpika during the 8th combined
graduation ceremony for Chilonga and Kasama Schools of Nursing and
Midwives which was held at Chilonga Mission School of Nursing.A total
of 94 nurses graduated.

The strike action by nurses at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) has continued for a fifth day running.

The situation has forced the country’s biggest hospital to rely on student nurses and those on contract.

A check by a QFM News crew at the UTH this morning found student nurses and those contracted from Mina Soko Military hospital attending to patients in various wards.

UTH Public Relations Officer Mwenya Mulenga told QFM News in an interview that the striking nurses had a meeting yesterday with the Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) officials were it was resolved that they will not go back to work until government increases their salaries by 100 percent.

Mr. Mulenga said the student nurses are being stressed as a result of the strike.Nurses are supposed to meet this afternoon and seek an audience with Labour Minister, Fackson Shamenda.

Mr. Mulenga said the strike by the nurses has greatly affected the attendance to patients.

He also disclosed that Police officers have been deployed to the health institution because some striking nurses were enticing contracted nurses and student nurses to stop working.

Meanwhile Labour Minister Fackson has refused to meet the striking nurses who are seeking an audience with him.

[QFM]

32 COMMENTS

  1. Offcourse he is scared of been chopped off his head which he promised if salaries don’t normalize. careful what u dare people with.

    • Nalilile po ka nurse twalilowa guys

      With those short skirts sometimes nanika ilemoneka nabwima ine
      Limo nokwitila mukaputulA filya

      Twaliwama ku sex ba.monk imwe

  2. I have never trusted an African docor or nurse

    They dont seem to strike me with confidence even when they know what they are doing

    They can strike for all i care

    British/WHite doctors are the best

    Thanks

    • 2.1 – Kanyegambeta – As the barest mimum, one need’s to have at least credits in a minimum 5 O level courses that includes English as a basic qualification even for Muchindo University. U need to ask yourself whether Mushota qualifies with the english I read from many of her blogs.

    • 2.1 – Kanyengambeta – As the barest minimum, one need’s to have at least credits in a minimum 5 O level courses that includes English as a basic qualification even for Muchindo University. U need to ask yourself whether Mushota qualifies with the english I read from many of her blogs.

    • sly mushota…ok yu interest me and I like yo attitude. I know yu would greet me coz am not only black but ridiculers. take care that the devil doesn’t use yo foolishness to injure others feeling.

  3. I respect the critical role of nurses but they should not hold the country and government at ransom.I agree with fair wage but 100% is being unreasonable.imagine if the whole of civil service demanded that-where do they expect government to get the money.

    • i wonder why the government is not firing them, what exactly do they do, spending nights at the hospital and going off for 7 days off, imwe fi nurse be seriuos money is difficult to make when you get fired….

  4. My appeal to health professionals is to dialogue . You are killing people indirectly by withdrawing your very much needed service. These senior govt officials are not affected in any way (they fly abroad for medical attention) but you are busy killing your very own poor brothers.

  5. The nurses were getting very high salaries before, now they are getting the same as others. why strike? You ‘re over rating yourselves!

    • for sure, these girls are getting too much, they have a bad attitude towards the patients now they are transferring it to government if they think cleaners are getting better salaries why not join the cleaners, maybe they will be able to clean their uniforms.

  6. I am sure Hon. Minister Shamende has no new story to tell the nurses this time. And he thought he was making a joke last time when he told them to chop off his finger if the payroll was not rectified at october month end. He knows that the nurses who took his word seriously will playback his speech to them last time! “donchi kubeba always catches up with someone”.

  7. Rural areas nurses work more hours than you at UTH, Some rural heath centres are managed by only 1 nurse and this is true, besides you are the only people who get uniform allowance,risk allowance and many more, what you want is just 100% salary increment, the minister has refused meet you I think you have no convincing reasons to give. First strike you said they are normalities on the pay slips Government promised to work on that this month its 100% wage increment.
    I like the way military people work,he or she can work kulikonse not utu tu nurse twamanje enda ku zambezi umvela ati ”awe mayo teti njeko” but uku tulilila mu Lusaka you work only 5 hrs wakomboka mu sebenza ku tuma privet clinics twanu malabishi.

    • why is the government wasting time on these useless beings, fire them please so that we can meet them at Break Point for a ka K20 per round

    • Mind you guys, there are nurses as old as your mothers.
      Mind your language. If you have nothing to write just keep quiet instead of insulting.

  8. THESE NURSES ARE STRIKING FOR A JUST CAUSE. THE GOVERNMENT PROMISED TO IMPROVE THEIR CONDITIONS OF SERVICE. BUT WHEN THE SALARIES CAME OUT IN NOVEMBER NOTHING HAPPENED. IT IS VERY DIS-HEARTENING. EVEN DIALOGUE SOMETIMES DOES NOT MAKE SENSE IF ONE CAMP WANTS TO USE IT AS A WAY OF BUYING TIME.

  9. tuma whores utu ve gone too far, who do they think they are? Fire them remove them from houses, tuma harlots twakantu utu.

  10. I though these happenings will never be experienced in this Govt. we are. What were the promised during the campaigns? Yes we may say the bosses are not affected by their strike but the masses who are affected are the voters at the end of the day. This action is from one ministry only, how about all Zambians if we come out to go for what is good for Zambia, won’t it produce the needed results?

    • I though these happenings will never be experienced in this Govt. What were the promised during the campaigns? Yes we may say the bosses are not affected by their strike but the masses who are affected are the voters at the end of the day. This action is from one ministry only, how about all Zambians if we come out to go for what is good for Zambia, won’t it produce the needed results?

  11. nasla chemical company nasla group in lusaka makeni the company owner name mr.nasir and mr,hanif
    the company owner and management very cheater and lie people
    there make product soft touch lotion and cream jelly.
    company management in side no zambia people all the family guys
    labour salary too small permanent labour too small weekly too much worker
    weekly guys per day 14 kwacha
    there labour not happy but working too much
    not respect labour only force and give problem not car to worker
    there cosmetic product danger for the skin becoz all mixer machine and filling machine manual. working to open yard
    no action any body all minister care to company owner becoz the company owner too rich
    there so many worker salary holding and passport not giving

  12. firing the nurses will only be worsening the situation,most nurses work three jobs.One with government for job security and the rest with at least two private hospitals or clinics.If you’ve been to UTH and private clinic in the same season you meet the same nurses at both places.so address their concerns reduce expenditure by buying Prados instead of Landcruisers and pay the nurses.imagine by treated by a disgruntled nurses its hell

  13. If only people can see the work that nurses do they can be able to see the side of their story. If they get pricked by a needle after attending to an HIV patient accidentally – they can also get infected and the government cannot compensate them. There is also no risk allowance! Are you saying they cannot get your support? So why not hear them when they ask for their young salary to be up graded!

  14. Nurses whether fired or not are qualified to work internationally or world-wide, they are not like other professionals. If that is best fire them and dont complain. Respect them becoz u also know that they can be fired today and tomorrow they can be employed somewhere. Zambia need pipo who know vernacular language much where as other countries need them becoz they can use official language. Consider major parameters, most of u even when u are insulting soon u will b sick and need them. WHY IS SHAMENDA REFUSING BECOZ THE GUILTY ARE ALWAYS AFRAID. VOTE WISELY, MINISTERS DOSE IN PARLIAMENT AND ARE PAID DOSING ALLOWANCE, WHY NOT THEM WHO WORK IN INFECTIOUS PLACES? Do you value knowledge and care or money?

  15. some comments being posted show how negative society is towards nursing fraternity, it is a pity, but some of you will only appreciate our importance when we meet face to face.this is the same thinking being portrayed by the government..

    ….footballers get good money even if they loose. no sarcastic language is used
    .God bless you all.

  16. MANY OF US ARE NURSES AND STILL WORKING IF YOU FIRE SOME THEN ALL NURSES COUNTRY WIDE WILL GO ON STRIKE AND MANY OF YOU 95% ARE IGNORANT OF WHAT NURSES DO, BE TRAINED AS A NURSES AND WHETHER YOUR SERVICES CAN BE AT THAT RATE. WE ARE CONFIDENT OF PROVIDING 100% GOOD SERVICES INTERNATIONALLY INCLUDING ZAMBIA, BUT IF ZAMBIA IS ABUSIVE WE BETTER GO OUTSIDE FOR GREENER PASTURES. ZAMBIA IS A TRAINING GROUND FOR OTHER COUNTRIES WHO VALUE NURSES AND OTHERS. FROM NOW ONWARDS WE ARE GOING FOR GREENER PASTURES. YOU VALUE MONEY THAN YOUR LIVES, LEAVE US WE VALUE LIFE, KNOWLEDGE AND BETTER SERVICES.

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