Nurses in Lusaka, Mongu go on strike

Nurses and Midwives in Lusaka and  Western Province have gone on strike labeling the recent salary increment a mockery.

In Lusaka, nurses at the country’s biggest referall hospital began the strike Thursday afternoon.

A group of nurses went round  all the wards removing all nurses who were working at UTH.

In Western province,  health workers gathered in Mongu on Wednesday resolved not to return to work until they were awarded a substantial salary increment as opposed to the recent one that they said translated into a K1.1 million gross under the newly announced pay increases based on the collective agreement for civil servants.

Nurses and midwives who were clad in black apparel chanted anti government slogans that they spiced with song and dance.

The nurses say the developments were contrary to the more money in the pocket slogans that swept the ruling Patriotic Front to victory in the 2011 general elections.

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