CHAM disown Nurses body, MCTU call on ultimatum and strikes

Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) has disowned a call from National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives (NONM) and Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) to issue an ultimatum or industrial action to demand government to pay salary arrears for health workers in mission hospitals.

Fr Mulomole: We were not consulted

Fr Mulomole: We were not consulted

CHAM Chairman Father Peter Mulomole said the association’s secretariat was not consulted when the two union bodies issued deadlines and calling for strikes over salaries for CHAM workers.

“The issue of industrial action is a last resort to us meaning that after failing to discuss with government that’s when we can call for a sit in but before that we also need to consult our mother bodies like Malawi Council for Churches (MCC) on the matter,”  he said.

He said himself and CHAM Executive Director Dr Mwai Makoka met Minister of Health Jean Kalirani who assured them of the approval of full payment for the staff.

“The latest report that we have received is that the payment is at voucher stage now,” he said.

Father Mulomole further said his association respects the rights of its health workers and labour laws including the right to fair wages and that of lawful demonstration.

However, he said, CHAM believes it should be exercised with close attention to the church’s teachings and the calling of ‘Promoting the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.’

He therefore appealed to all staff in CHAM facilities to return to their duties in order to save lives.

Meanwhile, government through Treasury has announced the release and approval of K1billion for CHAM health workers.

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Arthur G.M. Mtambo
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GOVT FOLLOW THE DOCUMENT SIGNED FOR.

HOW COME: SALARY ARREARS : TEACHERS CHEATED, NOW CHAM WORKERS ALSO CHEATED. PLEASE YOU RULING GVT DO SOMETHING SOON —– NO STORIES HERE.

Agalu Pa Mpando[APM]
Guest

Musatipusise ife.No money no work.

MMada
Guest

Some of you dont understand what is CHAM and Govt..There is a Memorandum of understanding which these two signed..One of states that govt will 100% responsible of paying salaries and also effecting any adjustments…and this has been the trend way back 90s…
Now Father Nsopole it looks you haven’t been in office that is why you are hallucinating..You could have said this way back in December..Wait for 12 March..

Kenkkk
Guest

Mmada, thanks for clarifying the issue. Now I do understand why the govt is involved and has to pay the salaries.

chefourpence
Guest

Nobility at its best! Not mercenary unionism.

Achimidzimidzi
Guest
Am sorry Father Mulomole to say that it’s not fair for you spiritual leaders to be used by politicians. Am sure you’re lying to say that you were not consulted or didn’t know anything about the issue of salaries for your own employees. Secondly, how long does it to prepare a payment voucher to be signed or authorized. And if you consider the period from November to February, unless you are not the the chairman as said by writer of article, otherwise please for our sake your followers desist from being used as shields or justifications. Chair, as Father and… Read more »
Ine Nchewa
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Well spoken Fr Mulomole there is a great need to civic educate CHAM health workers that in first instant they are CHAM employees not government .Government just came in to bail out CHAM in real life how can one sue someone who did not employ you CHAM need to put its house in order .I hope Nursers organisation of Mai Dorothy Ngoma next time please do a better analysis than rushing to lodge complaint wrong people as they did with lodging a compaint to BEAM not NAC lets not put politics or use nurses in these sensitive things as nurses… Read more »
Kenkkk
Guest

I don’t understand here. Why is the govt involved in this issue?
CHAM should surely pay their nurses from its own coffers, why should the govt pay these nurses?

Is the govt now paying nurses working in the private sector?

Am confused, someone please educate me on what is going in here or what am missing?!!!

Paul senzani
Guest

Tanx DOROFE NGOMA. U’ve done what Jesus Christ wants, to be a voice of voiceless. Others r just readng Bible to earn a living.

Papa Chalo
Guest
The Major Problem with us Malawians is probing/accusing reactive agents. We dont look at causative agents so that we sort out the problems effectively. Using the the subject matter as an example; why blaming nurses’ reaction and not looking at government as a causative agent? There is no way people can think of a strike before prior discussions. Its idiotic minds that urge strikers to go to the discussion board at striking time. Pazokambilana pamakhala patadutsa kale. Posachulukitsa gaga mdiwa lets sortout causative agent and not reactive agent. Boma limapangira dala because limakhala ndi chishango choti “ayi you are punishing… Read more »
Paul senzani
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Musatiopyeze ndi za Jesus. If JESUS can come today & see the way u pipo are treating us, He can weap for the second time.

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