Nurses strike loses momentum

Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO)

SOME nurses have resumed work while others have continued with the strike despite warning by the Government, Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) has said.
Health Minister, Joseph Kasonde on Thursday warned striking nurses to resume work or face dismissal, saying an illegal strike was not only dismissible but contrary to the laws of Zambia.
ZUNO president Thom Yung’ana said nurses at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital resumed work yesterday following Dr Kasonde’s directive.
Mr Yung’ana said some nurses at the University Teaching Hospital were still striking while others went back to work on Thursday evening and Friday morning.
He said majority of the nurses who were protesting had started working, adding that the number was declining.
Mr Yung’ana said the union on Friday had a meeting with the nurses to encourage them to end the strike action and start working but some refused to go back for work until Government met their demands.
“Some have started to comply with the directive while others are still striking,” Mr Yung’ana said.