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SA Airways cancels weekend flights over workers’ strike

South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled all domestic and international flights scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The cancellation is taking place due to a planned workers’ strike this weekend. The South African Cabin Crew Association and National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa on Wednesday said that the airline staff will go on strike starting on Friday. The workers are protesting against the plan by SAA to cut more than 900 jobs in order to curb losses. The airline in a statement apologised to its customers and asked them…

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Zimbabwe sacks hundreds of doctors over strike action

Zimbabwe has sacked over 200 out of the 1,601 of doctors who work in public health institutions. A third of its workforce of doctors who provide health care in public hospitals are currently facing the sack. The decision to sack these doctors is based on their refusal to call off their strike and return to work. Doctors have been on strike for months now demanding better working conditions. But the government continues to hold disciplinary hearings for the doctors who defied a Labour Court ruling to return to work. So…

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Nurses in Zimbabwe embark on strike

Nurses at all council clinics in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare have abandoned work compounding the health crisis in the country. The nurses declared strike on Monday citing incapacitation, according to local media reporting. Harare city Health director Dr Prosper Chonzi told Herald Newspaper that the latest development was a big blow to health sector. “As you know, most patients were now receiving treatment from clinics because of the current industrial action at central hospitals. This development will leave more patients stranded and with no alternatives to care,” said Dr Chonzi. Doctors…

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Zimbabwe: Doctors on strike over the abduction of union leader

Doctors in Zimbabwe are on strike demanding the release of an abducted union leader. Peter Magombeyi who heads a doctor’s union disappeared on Saturday. His colleague doctors and other union officials fear that he could have been abducted by the security forces. Dr. Magombeyi has not been heard from since after sending a message on Saturday to his girlfriend saying he had been kidnapped by three men. Magombeyi reportedly organized a doctors’ strike demanding better working conditions. He had said the worsening economic conditions in Zimbabwe made it impossible for…

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Zimbabwe: Workers union rejects pay offer from government

Zimbabwe’s main public sector union has rejected a pay offer from the government. The rejection of the offer on Saturday could compound the worsening economic situation in that country. The government now risks forcing the workers into embarking on strikes if it fails to reach a new agreement with them. The Union had said that the proposal from the government to boost salaries by 76 percent was not enough to meet workers demands. Zimbabwe’s government was offering to the lowest-paid worker a US$97 a month, up from the current US$55.…

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