Civil Servants union welcome salary hike for low-paid: Calls for inflation-busting pay for all

Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) has welcomed the decision by government to increase salaries for civil servants in junior grades (J to R) with increments ranging from five to 22 percent as per their request effective July 1 2015 but called for an inflation-busting pay across the board.

Civil servants at Capital Hill

Civil servants at Capital Hill

According to a circular by Secretary for Human Resource Management and Development, Blessings Chilabade addressed to all Principal Secretaries and Heads of Departments, salaries of civil servants in Grades A to I, which received an average 44 percent increment in the 2014/15 financial year and contributed to an increase in the wage bill from K163 billion ($362.2 million) to K198 billion ($440 million), will get nothing this time around.

“I am pleased to inform you that government has approved the revision of salaries for employees in the civil service in Grades J and below with effect from 1st July 2015. The salaries for Grades I and above have not changed,” reads the circular in part.

In the teaching service, Grade J—a senior supervisor position—the old annual salary of K1 301 244 ($2 891.65) has moved to K1 366 308 ($3 036.24), representing five percent while Grade R which is industrial class sees the highest increment from K493 296 ($1 096.21) to K600 000 ($1 333) annually, representing 22 percent.

Grades K and L which are supervisor and senior clerical positions will get 10 percent increment while Grade M, a clerical or tradesmen position, will get an increment of 15 percent.

This means that the salary for lowest paid civil servant, Grade R, will move from K41 000 ($91) to K50 000 ($111) after tax and other deductions.

CSTU general secretary Madalitso Njolomole said the salary increament is “ a welcome development.”

But Njolomole said all workers should   get inflation-busting pay rises considering the ever falling living standards.

“There is need to pay workers enough to survive,” he said.

According to a latest World Bank report, Malawi has the world’s lowest gross national income (GNI) per capita, at $250 (roughly K110 000)each while on the contrary, Monaco, an independent State on France’s Mediterranean coastline, has the highest at $100 000 (about K45 million).

This means Malawians today would share K110 000 while at the same time their counterparts in Monaco would share about K45 million each, assuming the total wealth (as measured by GNI) for the respective nations is equally shared among its citizens.

Meanwhile, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe has said the ratio of the wage bill will rise to 6.7 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and remains below 25 percent of the budget.

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41 thoughts on “Civil Servants union welcome salary hike for low-paid: Calls for inflation-busting pay for all”

  1. Petros says:

    Zauchitsilu

  2. Iam just very happy that this story was first seen on Z Allan Ntata but people insulted him left, right, forward, backward and centre. Then some of you said he is unfair to compare Malawi to Monaco which is a city in France. The facts now about Monaco is an Independent state. Please fellow Malawi lets learn to analyse the story before we start heaping all sorts of insults on someone.

  3. Makhuwira says:

    You minimum wage for teacher in Zambia is around seven hundred United States dollar and minimum wage for unskilled labour is one hundred and fifty United States dollar and food is three times cheaper than Malawi .

  4. Rodgers Banda says:

    Money from sales of MSB Compare and work out the ratio

  5. Petros says:

    Mmmm kaya

  6. wakale says:

    CSTU you have let us down. Zanu zayenda last year and now you have accepted this low increament. Even if you add the increaments for last year & this as per grade, the total percentage of increament does not reach to your percentage increament dyera pa malawi basi

  7. Vyachalo says:

    why to start in december?

  8. Malawi Kwacha says:

    That’s better now, but the average is just minimal. But thanks for making senior grade silence.

  9. davis kanjodo says:

    Mavuto ku Malawi. Tili mmalawi moto mwadzina lake.

  10. mapapaya says:

    Its good. No body will be contented on monetary issues.We all know how govt generates money. Bravo govt

  11. zaonaine says:

    Zikatero ma landlord atikwezelanso rent

  12. amina says:

    The independence function wasn’t worth it. How can you spend all that much for a day’s function yet people are not paid their dues. We are playing with fire guys. Lets wake up and think like dignified human beings. Why do we forget our own countrymen. Shame on us we call ourselves leaders. We have a long way to walk to reach our destiny.

  13. Congo G says:

    zachamba izi, salary ya june ili kuti?

  14. wales banda says:

    Nde mukuti mwaonjezela pamenepo, shame………

  15. Kokorikowadyachimanga says:

    Out of the total job am required to do (100%), I will only be doing 10% of that a month!!! It means knocking off @ 11 a.m, at times not coming to work at all thats how I will give back the 10% to Govt. Shupiti you think 10% of the meagre salary we are getting now is money and we will smile??? Go to hell Petulo with your stupid government.

  16. James Jambo says:

    If anything tipatseni double salary

  17. Charter says:

    Not impressed still. Still too little for poor people to survive. And, it seems to me the stage is being set for an unfair raise for higher grades in the next budget. We are watching!

  18. Akatswiri says:

    No salaries up today the 7th day of July,2015 koma mabwana kudyerera dzulo maphwando.

  19. Bola kwimuka. says:

    Please Mother Malawi, can’t the Government cut back on some expinditures to give lower Civil Servants a better life? Zoona? K50 000 ulipileko rent, ugule chakudya, chobvala, uyendelepo,school fees pompo. That’s pathetic! Zomvetsa chisoni. Ndikuphatu kumeneko. Thou shall not kill. Chepetsani kuyenda mabwana, ma allowance chonde and so many areas to save money and save lives!

  20. Chindipha says:

    Mmmmmmmmmh! Malawi nddziko l0sauka & anthu ake amaganiza m0sauka 300m just f0r aday mumaganiza k0ma malipir0 sitinalandile mupereka liti!

  21. Chabwanda!! says:

    Tipaseni june salaries man! Stupid!

  22. OBSERVER says:

    WHICH CSTU IS THIS? DO YOU KNOW THAT JUNE SALARIES ARE NOT PAID? NOW YOU ARE BUSY PROMISING INCREMENTS, ARE YOU GOING TO MANAGE? (YOU ARE EVEN FAILING TO FUND DEPARTMENTS – BUT MAPHWANDO).TO YOU HOSPITALS ARE NOT IMPORTANT BUT PARTIES – THOSE THAT VOTED FOR YOU ARE NOW DYING AND YOU ARE BUSY KUPATSANA MAINA. SHAME….

  23. juan says:

    Foolish. Do u think enawo katundu sanawakhuze kukwera mtengo? Kwezani kwa aliyese. Iwe bonya pitala wamva

  24. Munnyabu says:

    Stupid Gvt! U add and tax everything tht is the problem of voting maphwevuphwevu in office everything is maphwevuphwevu rabish!

  25. kelvin mbewe says:

    thanks bwana minister.mwayesetsa

  26. Bondera says:

    Ife ku Rumphi DHO tayambapo no kugwira Locum agwire ndi eni akewo a DC ndi anzawo

  27. Wokhumudwa Akuti says:

    Mavuto Tidakali Nawo Kulira Kudakalipo Umphawi Kwa Ma Civil Servant Ndi Osayamba Kodi Munthu 5% Kuchita Nayo Chani Abale. Zonse Adziwa Ndi Ambuye

  28. Mbola says:

    One Of The Setbacks Of MCTU in malawi is that they are corrupted! How cud they be happy with five% while others receved over 75%? Anyway kukakhala ku teaching aphuzitse ku secondary ndi ma i coz ndi amene ali ndizowayeneleza! Titchola chalk molingana ndima %.

  29. Aron says:

    I regret why I born Malawian instead Monaco

  30. Civil Slave says:

    Ok KOMA SITINALANDIREBE YA JUNE.

  31. Jimmy Martson Tomoka says:

    Izi ndiye nyasi. 10% Kuti chani?? Ngati sitimatcha mudzandidule khosi. Kodi zayambikanso za ma 5, 7%?? Kumeneku ndiye kutionjeza!

  32. Chokupimbirani mmaso

  33. Kapolo Sakwiya says:

    Chonena Chagwera Mkati.

  34. Kwangwagwa says:

    That’s it civilized slasves

  35. nganga says:

    Takumbukira amayi

  36. NGONGOLIWA says:

    OTHERS GOT 44% LAST FINANCIAL TEAR AND FOOLS HAVE BEEN GIVEN MAX OF 25% AND A BIG FOOL MCSTU BOSS IS HAPPY. MUZISESA NOKHA MZIMBUZI

  37. ZICHOKOWAKA BANDA says:

    Nyasi

  38. Samarakunjuta says:

    Still weak thus nothing compared to the money a teacher is getting paid in zimbabwe at the moment coz they know importance of school teachers.Weak man!!!!!?!

  39. Enter your name...phil chimseu says:

    Ok

  40. Say NO to Stupid Federation says:

    Bravo APM !

  41. Professor Dr. James Napwiri Phiri says:

    Tingogawanapo zida apa basi. Atipatsa MK110,000.00 nanga ndiyapindu lanji kwa ife ndalama zongokhala pa pepala kkkkkk

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