The Medical Association of Mozambique (AMM) has decided to continue with the strike suspended indefinitely. According to the medical class, the decision aims to create a calm environment to continue the dialogue with the Government.
On December 5th of last year, doctors decided to suspend their activities, nationwide, to demand better salaries, in the scope of the implementation of the Single Wage Table (TSU).
Eighteen days after the beginning of the national strike, the doctors met in a general assembly in Maputo city, where the AMM revealed that the more than two thousand professionals who paralyzed the activities would return to their posts.
However, last Friday, January 20, with only three days left to go, the Medical Association of Mozambique decided to maintain the suspension of the strike indefinitely.
“The decision of the medical association is that we will not continue with the strike, at least provisionally. We will continue at the negotiating table, in order to continue to seek solutions and, depending on what is decided, we will, as is desirable, cancel it definitely,” said the AMM secretary-general, Napoleão Viola.
The leader also said that the reduction of salaries, recently approved by the Executive, will aggravate the precariousness of the remuneration of the medical class.
“From the moment that there is a reduction in salaries, we know that this is a decision that pleases no one. We have been feeling, on a daily basis, that the medical class continues to be very dissatisfied,” added the speaker.
However, in what concerns the dialogue with the Government, the Medical Association of Mozambique revealed that there are already advances in the negotiations and it is expected that soon a consensus will be reached that will value the class. However, he emphasized that if no agreement is reached, doctors will resume their strike to demand the reinstatement of their rights.