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Malawi govt to meet Cham workers’ demands, K1bn in arrears

Barely hours after health workers in the Christian Health Association of Malawi (Cham) institutions downed tools to force the Treasury to address medical workers’ perks, government has agreed to make a K1 billion settlement in arrears and immediately effect a new remuneration structure for Cham staff so that they are at par with their colleagues…

Parliament staff reject 18% pay hike offer

Parliament Secretariat staff yesterday disrupted business on the second day of the Mid-Term Budget Review meeting when they staged a strike after rejecting an 18 percent salary increase offer. The Parliament staff heckled Cabinet ministers as they entered the premises with placards. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe left Parliament Building with…

Judiciary gears up to strike again

Feel short-changed after deal with govt Barely a month after returning to work following their two months strike that paralysed the country’s justice delivery system, Judiciary support staff have threatened to down their tools again if government does not fulfil its promises. Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula said in an interview yesterday that during the last…

ACB staff defy call to resume work

Employees of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Blantyre, Zomba and Mzuzu yesterday refused to resume work while some of their colleagues in Lilongwe reported for work, but stayed idle. ACB director-general Lucas Kondowe expressed surprise with the development, saying the agreement to return to work was made with staff representatives. ACB staff are on strike…

APM reverses ACB seal order

Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday reversed an earlier order that sealed Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) offices nationwide amid a strike by staff at the graft-busting body. The President’s order overturning the sealing of the offices in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba came barely hours after a legal scholar at Chancellor College, Mwiza Nkhata, and the Catholic Commission…

Work or no pay, Goodall tells ACB

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe has told striking staff at the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to resume work or risk not getting their December 2014 salaries. Gondwe said in an interview on Wednesday the decision has been made somewhere and he was only communicated to. Said the minister in a telephone interview on Wednesday:…

More trouble, ACB closed

Employees of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday lived up to their threat and staged a nationwide sit-in after rejecting a 10 percent government offer for their salary increment. But, whereas the employees described the 10 percent increment as an insult, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe on Monday said in an interview the…

Police stop Chanco demos

Police in Zomba yesterday stopped Chancellor College students from going to the streets for protests to push government to increase their upkeep allowances. Eastern Region Police spokesperson Thomeck Nyaude said in an interview the planned protests were illegal. Said Nyaude: “There was no communication that the students had applied to the district commissioner’s office, which…

UNIMA support staff down tools, demands 45% pay rise

Support staff at the University of Malawi (Unima), which comprises Chancellor College, the Polytechnic and College of Medicine on Thursday started strike aimed at forcing government to give them 45 percent salary increase. The strike follows that from the judiciary, while parliament and the Anti Corruption Bureau have threatened to down tools as well. A…

Parliament rejects govt pay offer

As the public sector salary hike demand craze spreads like wildfire, employees of Parliament Secretariat have rejected government’s proposed increment of their salaries ranging from five percent to 23 percent that would have put them at par with the mainstream civil service. The staff have since asked the Department of Human Resource Management and Development…

Strikes at water boards prohibited, says govt

Secretary for Labour and Manpower Development Patrick Kabambe has said industrial action at water boards is prohibited because they fall into the category of essential services. Kabambe, speaking at the signing ceremony and launch of collective bargaining agreement (CBA) and Water Employees Trade Union of Malawi (Wetum) strategic plan in Mzuzu on Friday, hopes that…

ACB staff issue 7-day ultimatum, to go on strike Dec 8

It never rains, but pours for the Peter Mutharika administration. Whereas the Judiciary staff impasse is yet to be addressed, employees of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) have given government a seven-day ultimatum to raise their salaries in line with their conditions of service or they will go on strike on December 8. The workers claim…

Judiciary shutdown irks CSOs

Civic and Political Space Platform and CCAP Synod of Livingstonia Church and Society Programme have asked government to quickly find a solution to conditions of service negotiations with the Judiciary to ensure that people’s rights are not infringed upon. Speaking during a press briefing in Mzuzu yesterday, Moses Mkandawire, who heads the two organisations, said…

Judiciary rejects salary hike offer

The Malawi Judiciary support staff has rejected a proposed salary increment from government and has since demanded between 17 and 35 percent age points more over and above the Capital Hill offer, The Nation has learnt. A circular we have seen titled ‘Judiciary Support Staff Salary October 2014’ indicates that government proposed a 51 percent increment for…

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