Civil servants salary increase remains 24% -Malawi zero-aid budget

Members of Parliament passed the 2014-2015 budget which carries a 24 percent average wage increment for civil servants but the public service trade unions have rejected that  increase demanding more than that, paving the way for possible industrial action.

Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Nations Msowoya said what the government offered  is what it could afford and that there will be no further increase.

“What the minister presented in Parliament is what the treasury could afford to release and it was difficult to increase the allocation because of the prevailing economic constraints. Availability of funds determined the allocation and 24 percent is what was considered as the best offer.

Msowoya:  Offered what government would afford to pay

Msowoya: Offered what government would afford to pay

“However, the ministry is still waiting for the resolution from the [Government] Negotiating Unit to know the way forward,” Msowoya said.

CSTU President Servace Sakala told a local daily that the negotiations between government officials and the union leadership are still underway with the hope that government will use some money within the approved budget to beef up the wage bill.

“Basically the money which would be used to increase our salaries with more than 24 percent is within the same budget. We know it is possible for the government to take money from somewhere within the same approved budget,” Sakala said as quoted by Daily Times.

Government Negotiating Team leader  Ben Botolo hsaid if government were to accept the counter-offer, the Malawi economy would collapse.

According to Centre for Social Concern, the basic needs basket for a family of four ranges between K113 000 and K130 000 per month. However, the lowest paid civil servant receives less than K55 000 monthly.

But Unison sources said strike is one of a range of possible options they will be considering following the decisive rejection of the 24% pay rise.

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33 thoughts on “Civil servants salary increase remains 24% -Malawi zero-aid budget”

  1. pooooopo says:

    Guys, zinalakwika ndi previous government. Mumvesese kuti this is ZERO AID budget chifukwa cha cashgateeeee!!!! ok chabwino basi boma lingolamula aliyense azipereka pa chaka 2000 kwacha kuti boma lipeze ndalama zokuonjezerani malipilozo, musangalala? nde mukuti boma likatenge kuti ndalama? likakweza ma feez azinthu zina ndi zina mukutiso boma lalakwa? nde litani bomalo? this is the best the government can offer pliz. Iam a CIVIL SERVANT my self koma ndikutha kumvesa. Khalani ndi umunthu guys. Musalowesepo ndale apa. This year ndi yovuta. Next year it will be another increment. Things are not ok economically in Malawi so boma lili pa pressure. Bwanji amaba za boma aja sanakuonjezeleni mpaka pamenepo? nde mukuti boma lilipoli litan???????? Let make a soul serching guys, be a Malawian and take yourself as you are iin government. Pakufunika mankhwala ndi zina .

  2. Mam nyox says:

    mudzadziwa kuti nyau mmunthu 2019.mudzatifuna alomwe ,agalu inu

  3. peter says:

    You Policemen you were saying chala m’mwamba ndizimezotu mukulira chiani? Mukhaula. 24% basi yakwan imeneyo . muzigona nyumba ngati ndendezo basi simungamange nyumba olo ya a mai anu kumudzi kwanu munya muona. Paja mumabvina kuti Mathanyula wawina mukhaula. Nanga uniformu ija amakuudzani kuti akugulirani nthawi ya kampeni iri kuti? Mabanja anu ntchito kugulisa kanyenya m’mbali mwamseu ndi thobwa zomvetsa chisoni Nyumba zanu za chipinda chimodzi basi. Nanga lero mukuliriranji? 24% basi kwainu apolisi. Bola Mai aja amakupasani thumba la chimanga . nanga mathanyula ali ndi munda?

  4. Jordan Chikoti says:

    please motivate the civil service with atleast a 60% salary increment since they are doing a very recomendable job.

  5. Umunthu says:

    Where are you Elijah Kamphinda Banda? Mukadakhalapo Dr Kamphinda Banda, we would have won this battle. But these guys you left, are yet to help us. Kodi mumakasankhirana kuti?

  6. Count your self highly favored to have gotten such a good increase.

  7. okwiya ku makanjira says:

    zili bwino anthu tinavotera ngati tayiwala boma limeneli litichangamutse kuti 2019 tizasankhe mwanzeru

  8. godobaman says:

    mfiti sikudya maliro kokha koma zomwe akuchita a DPP ndi ufiti ndithu wapadera

  9. Cutbert Kamanga says:

    Munawombera nfiti manja.a polisi ndi teachers r fools.u made ths nyau to win:mukulira chani?shupiti:mukanali kukhalira katapila:agalu inu!

  10. GADABWALI says:

    You promised us SADC salaries, is this wat u meant? Sitiyiwala, mudzatifuna agalu inu.

  11. dadaboma says:

    Civil servants, and especially police were saying JB was bad and APM was good. They voted for APM on basis of what they knew he was good at. Now APM is showing them what he is good at, and they are complaining. Receive what APM has to offer you, that’s what he is; you knew that, so don’t bore us anymore with your threats of strikes – we’ll not join you, bullshit.

    1. M'BAYA says:

      yes JB was vry bad

    2. dadaboma says:

      So why are you crying if you have a very good man in the name of APM? Be quiet and enjoy the 24% from your good APM.

  12. Tembo says:

    These people are trying to fool us today but we will fool them tomorrow

  13. AHMED AZIZI says:

    Better they could not increase the money. until they ‘ll solve the situation. v

  14. Change chathu says:

    Why should some say civil servants are lazy while when they get sick go to a hospital they get treated & thus why they breathe now. Malawians remember ur children learn here were teachers are paid peasants. We will introduce two reforms also Work as You Earn & Hardship Sweet Sixteen Allowance as u that we are very good at that already.

  15. Hezbollah says:

    DPP is a party that cheats those who are fools. JB Increased handsomely Chilima preached that no more change but look a police anawanamiza 75%. Sorry fools u were fooled. Mzimayi amaganizira mavuto a anthu monga mayi. Kwabwera Mbava zoba osaganira anthu izi! MCTU & TUM DON’T EAT MASIKONO APA. Strike while the iron is hot.

  16. Vyachalo says:

    we voted for you because you promised us to get better salaries. Now you in comfortable chair then you change gear. Is your brain have all senses? What next?! STRIKE or increament.

  17. Ndalema nanu says:

    tools down is the only option here.

  18. Akilly 2 says:

    Guys, we should just focus on the last paragraph of the article; Strike is the only option if we really don’t want this CHENJE, anymore.

  19. Nyikaland says:

    Civil servants are not ready , but are not motivated,stop talking shit.

  20. dopababi shopa says:

    when you were promising a better pay what was your resource envelop? It is easier to say than implementing. Your colours are being exposed. Never ever use live bullets to silence mass demonstration in due course.

  21. Dick says:

    Why are people afraid of strike??

  22. Quota system says:

    But there is money to buy a K45,000,000 vehicle for APM, money to be spoiled through FISP as ADMARC, transporters and other bussinessmen will abuse the inputs and money to pay the fired top officials not in favour of the current government.

  23. wangalusa says:

    Start to run a small business to supplement your income or else you’ll forever hate your employer. Try now. You’ll not regret it. Good luck.

  24. ODYA BWINO APA SATHANDIZA AZAO AYI, KOMA PALI A MALAWI ENA ASANJE AMENE SAFUNA AZAO KUTI AZILANDILANSO NDALAMA ZAMBIRI—— ANTHU ASANJE, OIPA MITIMA, ZONSE ZIKHALE ZAO. AZAO AYI. A CHOSENI MALIPILO AWO MWAPASA ZAMBIRI, KOMA MUTIPASENSO IF KAWILI KUTI TISIYANE NAO KUTILI, ALIPO ENA NDITHU ANTHU OTEREWO MU BOMA NDI MAKAPANE —-@ MITIMA YOIPA.

  25. Mbuzi says:

    dont give them these idiots, they said dpp will solve all their problems, sono akulira chani dpp woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!! u pressured JB last yr because she was a woman??? and she gave u that increment, mudy DPP yanuypo!!!!!!!!!!!1111

  26. mlopwana says:

    what are u waiting for?Tell us we are ready for strike even if it means for the whole year until they give us what we want .stupid govt mxiii

  27. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Listen to this union leader,” govt should take money from somewhere within the approved budget,” Thus trash, better you continue stealing our taxes.

    Civil servants are lazy, dishonest and unpatroitic when comes work/production.

    24% is too much for these guys. Let them realise their mistakes then you can give them.

  28. cynk says:

    koma boma la malawi tiri pamoto 24 percent basi hhhhhmmmmm

  29. wisestfool says:

    No money for increament for Civil Servants but there is money to be Cashgated by APM and his DPP government

  30. chekambewa says:

    Kodi nanga khusa lichoka pati ndi zero aided budget amalawi amzanga tiyeni tikhazikise mitipa pansi after all bomali langotengedwa kumene

    1. Aferazao says:

      There is more than what is required allocated to the offices of the president and vice president so that they can easily steal and enrich themselves. Part of that money can be used to boost up the increase for civil servants’ salaries. If Government managed to give loans of up to 24 million Kwacha to each MP on which half the amount will be offset by our taxes how can the same Boma fail to give a better package to civil servants?

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