Zimbabwean doctors call off 3-week wage strike, resume duties at hospitals

August 27th, 2009

Zimbabwean doctors call off 3-week wage strike

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwean doctors have called off a three-week strike over low wages.

Dr. Brighton Chizhande of the Hospital Doctors Association says doctors have resumed duties at hospitals across the country.

The strike, which was supported by nurses, crippled government hospitals and many patients were turned away.

Chizhande said Thursday that doctors are giving the unity government a month to address their grievances.

The doctors want their salaries increased to $1,000 a month from the $170 that all civil servants are earning.

Zimbabwe’s coalition has appealed to government workers to be patient as it struggles to reverse economic collapse.

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