Doctors challenge docked salaries in High Court

HARARE - Zimbabwean doctors are filing an urgent chamber application in the High Court challenging the deduction of cash from their meagre salaries after engaging in a two-week strike that paralysed the health sector.

Through their representative board the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), the doctors are challenging  the decision by the ministry of Health and Child Care to deduct a total of $529 36 over two months from the salaries of all doctors who are accused of participating in the industrial action.

The ZHDA, through its lawyer Emmanuel Samundombe, is challenging “the illegal salary deductions” saying they have been done outside the confines of the law, have not been done procedurally under the current labour laws and are also an infringement of the right to industrial action as stipulated in section 65 and 76 of the new constitution of Zimbabwe.

“The application will immediately seek to bar the paymaster from effecting the intended salary deductions before the next revised salary date,” ZHDA said in a statement yesterday.

In a document availed to doctors at Parirenyatwa Hospital, the Public Service Commission, as directed by the ministry of Health and Child Care, wants $264,48 deducted from their salaries for December and the same figure for January, bringing a total of $529,36.

“This evil move is intended to be implemented against the backdrop of doctors earning around $283 as basic salary and some meagre allowances,” the ZHDA statement added.

Paul Chimedza, deputy minister of Health and Child Care, has said the slash was justifiable under public service laws.

“As government, we pay for services rendered but if you spend the day drinking and smoking, why should you be paid unless you are on leave,” Chimedza told the Daily News.

“The next thing would be people withdrawing their service for six months, work somewhere else and come back.

“If anyone pays them, they can be sued and even the public will be after us. Even the auditor-general knows about it.”

The ZHDA said it “will never be intimidated or unnecessarily  be coerced by the deputy minister’s remarks and of course  his recent docking of salaries so that it loses track of what the government is set to deliver beginning January 2015, a clear sabotage of ZimAsset.”

Comments (4)

dont pay them. even if they are at work they dont work

ZUPCO - 19 December 2014

Very retrogressive administration. What is that money deducted from doctors going to serve in the budget ? This is a clear reflection of the type of management we have in Ministries. Investing all the energy in trivialities. Zvinorwadza munhu kuti these junior doctors dzipiwe tumari itotu turi kubviswa ? For the benefit of the public, what is the total amount involved ? How much money has the Ministry lost through paying underserving people ? They have nothing to do in those offices and they want to precipitate another industrial conflict so that they spent time in negotiations. Confused bunch. Give the doctors even some extra money and let then do their job. You demonstrate that you are people who should not be trusted. Junior Doctors, you deserve that money. You were not at work because of the incompetence of your superiors who forced you to down your tools. They should pay and that is the price for not managing relations professionally.

Zanu we - 19 December 2014

From the sale of tomatoes at Mbare i make an average of 400 usd a month. No use spending years at University only to be give 283 usd. Zanu yamakavvotera-cruelity of the first order.

Vote of no confidence - 19 December 2014

if we all sold tomatos then we would have a problem. some professions are a calling into God's work. I wish the government understood that we need these people and reward them well. in other countries drs get on average US$4000.00

tula - 19 December 2014

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