Some 6,000 nurses, two thirds of the national total, began a strike in Zimbabwe last week. This came a few days after striking doctors went back to work, victorious after a long strike. The striking nurses are demanding better pay after doctors won their fight for better pay and conditions for staff and patients.
Meanwhile protests are continuing over government plans to impose a special 'AIDS levy' tax on workers. One in four adults in Zimbabwe are HIV positive, and 1,000 people a week die from AIDS related diseases.
John Makumbe of the Zimbabwe Mirror explains that the opposition to the tax is not because people are unsympathetic to the plight of AIDS sufferers, but 'the truth of the matter is that, by and large, the people no longer trust the government'. Rather, they want the huge military budget cut and the rich to be taxed.