Nurses at Raleigh Fitkin Memorial Hospital countrywide yesterday began a ‘no uniform’ protest due to their employer failing to attend to their grievances which include lack of proper uniform, poor remuneration and working conditions.
The nurses, temporarily brought business to a halt at one of the country’s revered health institutions in Manzini, as most of them were seen wearing their personal clothing but not a proper uniform. (see insert picture) The nurses at RFM Manzini are made to wear their own red and white clothing as part of their uniform requirements, yet the institution does not provide uniforms to them.
The Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union (SWADNU), last week sent a Memo to RFM informing them that their Clients won’t be wearing the red And white this Week at Hospital. One nurse who’s named cannot be mentioned said, “It would be such a catastrophe if our protest against uniform conditions compromises the well-being of people currently at the hospital thus leading to numerous deaths.”
Efforts to get a comment from Human Resources Manager were fruitless as he was said to have been out of his office yesterday.
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