Health workers give Malawi govt Jan 13 deadline on better pay packages

The Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU), National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM) and the Medical Doctors Union of Malawi (MDUM) have given government a seven day ultimatum to resume talks on the welfare of the health workers in the country.

Mwansambo:  Issues will be addressed

Mwansambo: Issues will be addressed

Among other things, the bodies wrote government to improve the salaries, risk allowances and housing of the health workers threatening to go on strike, a situation that will put further strain on the country’s crumbling public healthcare facilities.

“We have noted with great concern that nothing has been done to that effect. We look at this development as very unfortunate and a serious lack of commitment on the part of Government as an employer to resolve the issues that were raised.

“CSTU, NONM and MDUM would like to see these issues resolved amicably and with the desired urgency.” reads the letter signed by NONM Director Harriet Bwanali,  Dr Judith Mkwaila Vice President MDUM and Madalitso Njolomole CSTU General Secretary.

Reads the letter: “We therefore request the officials assigned to work on the issue to convene a meeting with the relevant concerned stakeholders within seven (7) days from 5th January, 2015 preferably, 13th January, 2015 where these issues shall be resolved once and for all.”

Government and the health workers have been fighting for improved working conditions for sometime now which at some time have resulted into strikes.

The  medical personnel are complaining that their salaries have been steadily eroded by the country’s galloping inflation rate  and weakening buying power of local currency, Kwacha.

Government bars health workers  and those from other essential services from striking but  nurses have often defied the directive – when necessary.

Already, staff at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe are serving a notice to withdraw labour if the employers will not  address their grievances which include revising allowances and salaries.

Ministry of Health chief medical services director Charles Mwansambo said government would work on the issues.

Economic analysts have warned that Malawi is likely to see more strikes by dissatisfied workers grappling with an economic gloom with  donor freeze.

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God Hear Me
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I think the problem now is beyond Salaries, Looking at these organisations critically; are headed by those on forefront organizing the 13 January 2015 demonstrations. So they are trying to look at what is next on the agenda after these demonstrations thieves!! Dorothy Ngoma after organizing 13 January Demos she goes ahead and connive with her friends for possibility of organizing other demos in the name of healthy workers What do you want ? The HEAD OF PROF PETER MUNTHALIKA? When you were enjoying with Dr Joyce Banda you were not bringing these issues you people aaaaaaa God be with… Read more »
À MPINGO
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APATSENI WANTHU NDALAMA INU SITSAKOMERE INUYO NOKHA

Political Analyst
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Please APM-DPP-led government give these poor Malawians the same 400percent salary increase just as you gave yourselves and the parliamentarians.Apparently we have no leaders to safeguard our welfare.All we have are croocked and exploitative politicians

brutsha
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The issue is simple. We all know that Malawi is a weak economy and salary scales is a reflection of that . However , our politicians are a disgrace. You can’t have that hefty salary increments for MPs, president , ministers etc at a time you were preaching that government has no money. Who would take you seriously . That was poor timing and being insensitive. And on the other hand it just shows low thinking capacity on the part of the current administration . Awonjezereni anthu ndalama nanga simuli nazo! Inu zimene munazionjezera munazitenga kuti? Si public purse yomweyo?
THAKOPANSI
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STUPID TUM YOU ARE JUST QUIET YOU YOU WILL FIGHT ON YOUR OWN

Yankees
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Mutulutse mankhwala ambili Gulitsani kuma Private Hospitals tikadwala pa 14 pano tidzapita kumeneko, anthuwa adawasankha ndi a Court osati Mulungu ayi, kulibe mulungu wama court Injunctions kudziko lapansi ayi, Iwe Frag ulindimulandu okayankha kumwamba maliro ako anthu adzavina ngati aziyoni akululutila kukusonkhezela moto oopsyatu kuti oyipa uja watsogola, abale akowo adzakutsatila mmodzimmodzi pakuti u chosen china materials that does not last longer,salamula ndi Vice magulu awe, a gd example his l brz, A galauzani ndiawo akupumila mphanthi Ung’onoung’ono ungodyelera Bambo awo msana udachila kalekale, mano tigula kuti mwina apangeko improve pronociation tisamangowoona lilime lokha lokha ayi, pa 13 tiyeni tikanyamule… Read more »
mbwaxe
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A stupid government!!! Government of dogs

Malawian Total
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Kodi anthu atchulidwa apawa alibe mtundu monga zikukhalira ndi dzina la Mtambo?

dadaboma
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NONM, MDUM, CSTU don’t waste your time with dialoging with DPP govt. Antuwa samva, samamva, ndipo sadzamva. Pa 13 Jan mukutchulapo ndipamene ife anzanu tonse muno m’dziko la Malawi titapite pamsewu kukapwasula ulamuliro wosamva, wankhanza, wakumdima ndi wozikonda wa DPP. Inunso bwerani tithandizane kukonza Malawi. Malawi wabwino, Malawi wankaka ndi uchi ndiwotheka. Chonde bwerani nonse panseu pa 13 Jan mutabvala zofiira or kampango wofiira or china chilichonse chosonyeza kuti Malawi ali pamalawi a moto ndipo afunika kuphula.

CHAKUDA
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Kodi ndalama mmesa amapereka malinga ndi sukulu? Pitani mukachite upgrade osachita ulesi ndi sukulu masiku ano mwayi ulipo.

Ndawona
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Iwe ndiwe obvetsa chisoni!! Unabadwa ndimuthu kapena galu? No wander mwina unabadwira kwa mzamba!!. Ukuwona mabvuto otani even if Medical assistance can say down tool the Whole malawi?? Khala chete ndi tifundo tako topusato!!

Achimidzimidzi
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A number of factors come into play when determining salaries. Which course are talking about that teaches about exposure to diseases and working long hours because you are understaffed? Healthy is risky that’s a fact.

Chili kuzako ndi chingwere nyanga koma chikafika kwa owe ndiye , mayo ine ! Ndikufa ine ! kulira.

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