The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) says it is unpatriotic for the organisation to encourage nurses to go on strike.
And the ZCTU has denied the escalating allegations that it helped in fuelling the recent strike action taken by the nurses.
ZCTU Secretary General, Roy Mwaba ,said in a statement issued to ZANIS in Lusaka today that his organisation recognises the important role nurses play in the provision of quality health care.
Mr Mwaba said the ZCTU could not encourage nurses to go on strike and deny members of society the much-needed health services.
He said the ZCTU had at various points tried to break the impasses between the nurses and government, adding that the ZCTU cannot support any strike action taken by the nurses.