WHO Zimbabwe staffers bemoan ‘toxic’ work environment, harassment

WHO Zimbabwe staffers bemoan ‘toxic’ work environment, harassment

WORLD Health Organisation staffers in Zimbabwe have registered dismay over alleged systemic harassment at the hands of their bosses, Zim Morning Post can report.

The disgruntled staffers aired their grievances to the Regional director (RD) for Africa Matshidiso Moeti  and Director General (DG) who have allegedly turned a deaf ear to their plight.

“These people in authority cover up for each other so our case is reaching a dead end. We have exhausted all channels of communication but no action has been taken to address our plight,” said one staffer who spoke to this publication on condition of anonymity.

In a letter seen by this publication directed to the RG and DG, the staffers complained  about various forms of abuse including being dressed down in meetings, late renewal of contracts, being denied staff entitlements like paternity leave among others.

Following up on the reports from DR Congo  on sexual harassment, we just want to bring to the fore the plight of WHO staff in Zimbabwe.

“We have been subjected to varying forms of abuse such as being dressed down in meetings.

“Staff on SSA contracts are kept in suspense when their contracts expire with Human Resources  being unable to provide information,” read part of the letter.

“We want an objective investigation of our complaints and a remedy and not victimization of ourselves.

“The environment in the country office is very toxic and people work in fear,” further reads the letter.

Efforts to get a comment from country representative Alex Gasasira were fruitless as his mobile phone did not go through and he had not responded to questions sent to him at the time of writing.

WHO staffers bemoan harassment

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