The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has condemned Government for going ahead to issue final dismissal letters to over five hundred nurses despite many pleas from the trade unions and appeals from affected health workers.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka today, ZCTU Secretary General, Roy Mwaba, said the dismissal of these workers is a serious error on the part of government especially that nurses and paramedics were trained at a huge government cost.
Mr. Mwaba said the few nurses remaining in hospitals, more especially UTH are clearly overworked and this has put a lot of pressure on them and doctors.
He wondered how it was possible for President Michael Sata to pardon the prisoners using his discretion and yet find it difficult to pardon innocent nurses.
Mr.Mwaba added that it is hard to believe that a government which is preaching the improvement of the social and economic status of the people can fire so many people at once and condemn all the people to poverty and yet claim to be creating employment for people.
He stated that it is not too late for the Head of State to pardon the nurses and show that he is a father of the nation by listening to the plea of the people.
And Mr. Mwaba said the ZCTU is concerned with the pace at which the constitution making process is moving.
He says there is need for the PF government to give the people of Zambia a clear road-map of how they are going to deliver a people driven constitution.
Mr. Mwaba has also expressed concern at the increasing tension between the opposition political parties and the ruling PF.
He has since called on the Zambia Centre for Interparty Dialogue to play its role by defusing the tension.