By YANDE SYAMPEYO
THE Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has appealed to President Sata to consider reinstating nurses who were dismissed for engaging in an illegal strike at various hospitals last month.
Last month, over 150 nurses at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) were dismissed for going on an illegal strike.
ZCTU president Leonard Hikaumba said the affected nurses are remorseful and regret their action and that the Head of State should consider pardoning them.
Mr Hikaumba said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the affected nurses have apologized unreservedly and should be given a second chance.
“We are pleading with President Sata to reinstate the nurses. There was an indication that they should all apologise and they have all sincerely done that and so they should be pardoned and be given an opportunity to start afresh,” Mr Hikaumba said.
He said the nurses should be forgiven for the sake of their welfare and to enhance service delivery.
Mr Hikaumba said the dismissal of nurses at various hospitals across the country has had a negative impact on service delivery.
“Although I’m not certain on the total number of the dismissed nurses, it has had a negative impact on service delivery, hence our plea,” Mr Hikaumba said.
He has advised workers countrywide to seek dialogue with their employers when aggrieved as opposed to resolving to industrial unrest.
Mr Hikaumba said the union always advocates dialogue as it is the best forum to iron out concerns.
“If there is a problem, the two parties should be willing to discuss and reach a consensus,” Mr Hikaumba said.
He has advised the affected nurses not to participate in illegal strikes in future should they be reinstated.
Government has maintained that the decision to dismiss the nurses is final and will not be reversed.
The nurses at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Livingstone, Ndola, Kasama and Chipata hospitals went on illegal strike to press for better conditions of service.
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