By ADRIAN MWANZA -
ABOUT 100 nurses who were recently reinstated after being sacked in 2012 have not been put on the payroll, according to the Zambia Union of Nurses (ZUNO).
ZUNO president Tommy Yungana told the Sunday Times that nurses had been working without pay despite getting back their jobs.
The Government reinstated the health workers last year following pleas from various stakeholders after nurses were fired for going on illegal strike in 2013.
Mr Yungana urged the Government to make sure that the nurses start receiving their salaries upon being redeployed.
He was aware that some nurses who were employed in November and December did not receive their salaries for more than three months.
“I am aware that some nurses that were employed in November and December last year did not receive their salaries for January up to April,” Mr Yungana said.
The figure by ZUNO was captured from a limited number of nurses who complained of not receiving salaries for more than three months.
The union, however, noted that some nurses had started receiving salaries.
“In this regard, the affected nurses must come forward so that we know what to do and how we can help them,” Mr Yungana said.
However, Health Deputy Minister Chitalu Chilufya said nurses that were involved needed to report the problem to the human resources director
to address their problems.
“Nurses in this predicament should liaise with human resource in the Ministry of Health to rectify this problem,” he said.
Dr Chilufya said as far as he was concerned the matter was administrative, meaning that people who needed to solve it were the administrative officers in the ministry.