U N I T E D N A T I O N S Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) –

HARARE, 5 January (IRIN) – Zimbabwean employees marked the first week of 2007 by taking industrial action for better pay, against the background of inflation that continues to hover around 1,000 percent.

Hundreds of patients were left stranded during the Christmas holiday period as junior doctors in public hospitals across the country went on strike to press for better salaries and working conditions, while the power supply was disrupted in the capital, Harare, when Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) employees decided to stay away from work this week.

The employees of ZESA, a parastatal company that is the sole power supplier, were demanding a salary increment of 1,150 percent to cushion themselves against the prevailing inflation rate.

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