Nurses, Union differ

There is a clash between the nursing fraternity and their leadership and the nurses have demanded that the union executive must step down.

The nurses are annoyed that the executive had allowed the government to present an unfair etiquette and discriminate wage scheme that did not recognize their academic, professional and moral commitment.

“The union said it was ready to conclude and implement the scheme that saw nurses get 4per cent while less qualified and less educated workers got 200 per cent increase in salaries.

“The blatant and inept display of incompetence by the Zambia Union of Nurses (ZUNO) leadership was responsible for the impasse which led to the strike and suffering of innocent patients. We therefore demand that the current ZUNO  president Thom Yung’ana and his entire executive must do the honorable thing by resigning to pave way for a leadership that will represent the interest of the nurses,” the nurses representative said.

The nurses among other things demanded for 100 per cent salary increment and K 200 transport allowance.

Meanwhile ZUNO secretary general Liseli Sitali said yesterday that following the ZUNO national executive committee and national council meeting held on Wednesday it was resolved that Yung’ana would not be allowed to resign from his position because there was no legal or moral justification to do so.

Sitali commended the nurses for going back to work and appealed for calm among members and said that union leaders would continue to look into their affairs until all was harmonized.

The striking nurses called off their eight day strike in protest of the 4 per cent salary increment.