The poor economic environment in the country is affecting growth of membership for the Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam), it has been learnt.
However, Ecam says despite the situation it is poised to continue with efforts to address members’ needs and interests.
Ecam vice-president Sean Longwe said this at the association’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Blantyre.
“The institution has maintained a consultative approach to issues pertaining to the labour market. Despite the challenges, it is worth noting that new members have joined the association, thereby strengthening the voice of the employers.
“[But] membership growth is at a slow pace because some companies opt to be affiliate associations within the business community,” he said.
Longwe also said Ecam will continue to provide service delivery to its members ranging from legal opinion, assistance on collective agreement and interpretation of the Employment to Labour Relations Act.
On his part, Lameck Tchaka, Ecam member from Malawi Housing Corporation, said membership to the body provides benefits and encouraged those who have not joined Ecam to consider joining the organisation.
“Every time employers have a problem, Ecam secretariat is available to provide advisory services,” he said. n