Doctors’ Strike Labour Court Case Postponed
9 October 2019
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File picture of doctors demonstrating last week.

Paul Nyathi|The case in which Government was seeking determination on the legality of doctors’ job action has been deferred to Wednesday.

The postponement is to allow the Health Services Board to provide the court with further documents on their claims against the striking doctors.

Director Civil Division in the Attorney-General’s Office Mrs Fortune Chimbaru said that the case will now be heard on Wednesday at 2.15pm.

“The case was postponed for us to file a record of proceedings that transpired before the Minister (of Labour) leading to the minister issuing a show cause order to the Labour Court,” said Mrs Chimbaru.

A show cause order is a court order requiring a party to appear before a court to explain why a certain action should not be taken against them.

Junior and senior doctors have continued to defy Government’s directive to return to work citing financial incapacitation.

The doctors stopped reporting for work on September 3 in a bid to push Government to address their grievances.

All efforts by Government have been in vain to bring doctors back at work.

The doctors have rejected all offers tabled by Government, the latest being a 60 percent increment on allowances.