The Labour Court’s judgment said that members of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), which represents junior and middle level doctors in public hospitals, should cease their strike forthwith.
The board is entitled to take disciplinary action against doctors who fail to comply with the order, the court said, adding that the two sides should seek arbitration within 14 days.
ZHDA spokesman Masimba Ndoro said the doctors would not return to work.
“Our issue is very clear, doctors are incapacitated. Despite the court order, they can not go back to work until the issues on the table are addressed,” Ndoro said.
The doctors have already said an offer to raise their allowances by 60% was “ridiculous” as it would take their monthly salaries to around 1,700 Zimbabwe dollars ($111), well below their demand of a 400% salary hike.
Zimbabwe is grappling with its worst economic crisis in a decade, amid triple-digit inflation, rolling power cuts and shortages of U.S. dollars, medicines and fuel.
The doctors’ strike has seen some patients being turned away without treatment.