A crisis is looming at the MP Shah hospital in Parklands following reports that health workers in the facility could be subjected to a pay cut.
According to a memo seen by Kurunzi signed by the hospital’s chairperson Manoj Shah, the move is set to come into force in May 2020 and will see the workers forgo 50 per cent of their salaries.
” The pay cut will be effective as from May . The gross salary will be adjusted downwards by the respective percentage effective May, 2020 and will be reviewed in three months,” read part of the memo.
Sources at the hospital intimated that the workers are now considering protesting the move saying the management arrived at the decision without consulting them.
They added that the management was equally bullying them into accepting the proposal by forcing them to sign letters of acceptance before they can get their May salaries.
The management has however defended the move saying that, being a non-profit organization, they were struggling to meet their operational costs following disruptions occassioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.
” I can assure you that we would not put such hardship on you if we had not fully exhausted other viable alternatives. I strongly believe it is in the interest of the institution and for all of us in the long term,” read part of the explanation by the chairman.
It remains to be seen if a truce will be reached between the two parties at a time when health services are in high demand following the Covid-19 crisis.