Operations paralyzed at UTH, Minister orders Striking Nurses to resume work

Dr Joseph KasondeOperations is paralyzed at Zambia’s biggest Hospital, University Teaching Hospital (UTH) as the the strike by Nurses continued on Sunday, November 24, 2013.

A check by Zambian Eye at UTH Sunday morning, found students nurses attending to patients.

Minister of Health Dr. Joseph Kasonde (right) has since directed that Nurses go back to work without fail. He said he was not pleading but ordering the Nurses to get back to work.

The Nurses went on strike on November 22 saying they would not get back to work until Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda addresses them with a positive response to their demands.

Students Nurses

Students Nurses

The Nurses are complaining that there are still paid K2, 800 despite being promised that their salaries were increased by 100 percent.

They have accused the Minister of Labour of not having honoured his promise after he promised that their salary increment anomaly would be addressed.

But Shamenda says the strike by Nurses is illegal and has has asked them to report back to work.

Efforts by Zambia Union of Nurses Organization (ZUNO) to convince the workers to get back to work has failed. A meeting called by the Union yielded no positive results.