The National Union of Doctors of Angola (SINMEA) filed a criminal complaint against five senior leaders in the health sector, including the Secretary of State for Public and Hospital Health and hospital directors for calling into question the right to strike.
Speaking to Lusa today, the president of SINMEA, Adriano Manuel, said that the origin of the complaint is “the violation of the strike law”, having identified pressure and attempts at persuasion “by some entities”.
The trade unionist and pediatrician highlighted that “abuse” is being committed and also denounced the “persecution” he is being targeted, giving as an example an alleged photo of him that has been shared on social networks, accompanied by a UNITA leader ( main Angolan opposition party).
“I was alone in the restaurant and suddenly a montage appears saying I am being financed by a UNITA general. This indicates a certain persecution”, said Adriano Manuel.
In the criminal complaint, in addition to the Secretary of State for Public and Hospital Health, the director of Hospital Josina Machel “Maria Pia”, the director of Human Resources at the Ministry of Health, the director of the Pediatric Hospital David Bernardino and the provincial director of Luanda Health.
The president of SINMEA added that new complaints will be made against other entities that he did not want to reveal for now.
The strike by Angolan doctors, who are demanding better working conditions and salary increases, has been going on since March 21, and the Angolan executive has already announced that it will suspend the salaries of the strikers, saying that “it complied with the points of the claim booklet”.
“Unfortunately, the Ministry of Health decided to cut the dialogue and go for a muscular route, opting for threats and coercion”, lamented Adriano Manuel.
In early April, SINMEA announced that it would hold several demonstrations, after the government announced the suspension of salaries.
“We will not process the salaries of people who are on strike, because there has already been a lot of tolerance from the Government, we will prepare other forces and there, where there is a lack, we will fit in, because it is the life of the citizen that is being jeopardized”, said, at the time, the Angolan minister of Public Administration, Labor and Social Security, Teresa Dias.