19 out of the 500 nurses who were fired for going on an illegal strike last year have died as a result of depression.
Zambia Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) secretary general Roy Mwaba revealed the development during Labor Day commemorations held at Kasama’s president’s park yesterday.
Mr Mwaba has since issued a fresh plea to President Michael Sata to pardon the nurses and re-instate them in the shortest possible time.
And Mr Mwaba has implored on government to review its decision to have two-year wage freeze for civil servants.
He said the labor movement in the country is deeply disappointed by the development as it negatively affects people’s welfare.
In response, Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba who graced the Labor Day celebration in Kasama said government is committed to resolving the issue of dismissed nurses.
Mr Kabimba said the PF administration does not take pleasure in seeing people lose employment.
He was however quick to state that discipline and dialogue is key driving national development.
Commenting on the wage freeze, Mr Kabimba stated that it was not the intention of government to inflict pain on public service workers but take temporal measures to stabilize the economy.