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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34 thoughts on “Health workers give Malawi govt Jan 13 deadline on better pay packages”

  1. God Hear Me says:

    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 us Something is going on APM be on the look out.

    The strategy is simple ; SOCIAL UPRISING LIKE EGYPT, TUNISIA, YEMEN, LIBYA, BURKINA FASO [recently] due to socio-economic distress.
    But the reason cited in these countries by those who demonstrated were valid and you can not compare with Malawi. No wonder occasionally Dr Chakwera is making remarks siding with the strikers even during this time when he was supposed to be consoling JZU.

    Watch out APM it is more than just demonstration

    Cashgate MK20,000,000,000 stolen, money in cars, trees forests, ward robes but NO DEMONSTRATIONS NON NOT EVEN PRESS RELEASE condemning.

    nacgate MK5,000,000 not stolen but because the funded organisation relates to APM
    WHAT?
    13 JANUARY DEMONSTRATION ON, PREPARATION AT AN ADVANCED STAGE. DOROTHY NGOMA, MARTHA KWATAINE, TIMOTHY MTAMBO, REV SEMBEREKA at the fore front

    8th JANUARY PRESS RELEASE ON WITHDRAW OF SERVICE BY HEALTHY WORKERS FROM WHO? DOROTHY NGOMA, MARTHA KWATAINE AND FRIENDS

    All of you supporting watch out unless you are in the same political camp but let me assure you that this time NO NO NO NO and Not because APM will not DIE and so the reason that since it is early CHILIMA can not take over elections shall be held so that DR CHAKWERA can take over MY FOOT it won’t happen you are JOKING BIG TIME!!!!!!!! and wasting your time!!!!!!!!

    GOD IS ON OUR SIDE AND SHALL FIGHT FOR US LETS WAIT AND SEE

  2. À MPINGO says:

    APATSENI WANTHU NDALAMA INU SITSAKOMERE INUYO NOKHA

  3. Political Analyst says:

    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

  4. brutsha says:

    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?

  5. THAKOPANSI says:

    STUPID TUM YOU ARE JUST QUIET YOU YOU WILL FIGHT ON YOUR OWN

  6. Yankees says:

    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 ma pracuds onyoza zedi ulamuliro onyasawu opambana ku Toilet kununkha. A Soildier Mulikuti phiri ehh? Ukapanda mano usamaswa phale ayi, aaamawooo!!!?.

  7. mbwaxe says:

    A stupid government!!! Government of dogs

  8. Malawian Total says:

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

  9. dadaboma says:

    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.

  10. CHAKUDA says:

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

    1. Achimidzimidzi says:

      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.

    2. Ndawona says:

      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!!

  11. Mbanga says:

    One day I met a strike analysis expert. His advise was lengthy but I can simplfy it. He said that when civil servants are striking, it is the ordinary people that suffer because they cannot access public facilities. At the beginning the ordinary people can side with the striking staff but when the strike becomes lengthy they tend to sympathies with the government. The government may suffer the effects of the strike mainly during during the next election, I.e. If people still remember, or if there is any by election. If staff are striking against a private company, the company suffers immediately because they take a knock from non production. The ordinary people don’t suffer because they have an opportunity to switch to other services or products. So these public strikes will hammer us hard.

  12. Razzmatazz says:

    ndamva wina akuti tizapanga withhold ma salaries ama health workers akapanga strike, ndalama sizako and kumeneko ndikupanda nzeru za umunthu. kunena chilungamo ndalama ndi ntchito mchipatala sizikugwirizana. mind you kuli shortage ya ma staff. This “fwe fwe fwe” and his gvt are stupid, akungoti zikomo kwambiri zilizonse, mxiew!!! VIVA NOMN

  13. A MPINGO says:

    OLEMBA NTCHITO NDI OLEMBEDWA NTCHITO DZICHEPETSENI KAMBILANANI ( NO MAN IS AN ISLAND )

  14. DPP GOVT SIT DOWN AND TABLE THIS WITH THEM AND CALL MCTU AND OTHER UNIONS TO ASSIST.

  15. nsanje port says:

    Tiyenaoni dola zilipo…if they raised their packages,we hope enough money is there for all of us too..

  16. Shimoshimo says:

    These ladies is like your mother. Can you insult your mother, we respect them because they are like our mothers. Are you normal? Watch out my friend.

  17. Shimoshimo says:

    Please when comenting don’t insult (kutukwana anzanu) ngati mulibe zonena asiyileni anzanu azilankhula zomveka osati kutukwana. Ndiwe munthu wotani? Ana ako umawalangiza zotani ngati ulinawo. No need to personalise this issue. Watch out & take care when commenting.

  18. Mofolo says:

    Health workers stop being selfsh. You already receive more salaries than other civil servants in the name of aswap what would those that dont have aswap say like teachers, foresters. pangani strike we will just withhold your salaries the months you will be on strike.

  19. Wa ganda mseu says:

    kaya………your job is a calling nde mpaka pamenepo…..poor Malawi!!!!

  20. Alungwana says:

    Zangazanga Ncqube, we normally dont go back but we always grow.

  21. Alungwana says:

    I think the chiefs will again go to the president to recieve the K25000 for the sake of these health workers. Its thme for government to revisit these salaries otherwise life is at stake

  22. This shows that APM is not wanted. Useless president of Malawi. A foreigner allowed to rule. Laughable.

  23. Saini says:

    Striking personal should know that the amount you are paid will be determined by the work you do,how well you do, the difficulty of replacing you so be mindfull .Unless you are not happy with the way MEC the election body conduct the 2014 general election or a vote of No confidence in APM

  24. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Now that you are in government you want people to understand the situation, that you have no money, yet you promised them improved quality of life. Remember this saying,’Ukayenda udzasiye phazi chifukwa m’mlomo uwu udzakupeza’.

    You promised us the moon,its time to give us the moon. Otherwise strike is legalised.

  25. Patriot says:

    Paja amapulomisa better payments nthawi ya campaign
    Asova kkkkk

  26. ankhoma says:

    come on.this govt is not serious why giving ministers and mps k24m each yet there is economical crisis in this country and gave bribes to journalists and chiefs bt failing to improve the welfare of its workers. shame on you.ask jb she managed to put everything in place within amonth.pliz it will be worse if health workers put their tools down.

  27. Zangazanga Ncqube says:

    What will happen when the kwacha appreciates?? Will you strike for salary reduction? CSTU, remember the talk is of harmonisation.

  28. Liberalist says:

    The problem with Malawians is that we are always blind & deaf to the voice of reason. If our economy has gone south, why did the presidency & MPs raise their salaries just later put them on pending? The status of Mutharika’s salary is that it is earned but not received now but will be paid in arrears. It’s only those that are ignorant of such bare facts that see wrong in health workers demands. Shame!

  29. aphiri says:

    In real terms people just want to tell MEC that u rigged elections. If APM won without controversy people cud understand this. Do u think all people who are striking don’t know that government doesn’t hv money? Manipulation of figures is haunting u. Ndangodutsa.kkkkk Muziona. Mutinyenyanyenyanso ulendo ulendo uno?

    1. Malindima says:

      All these unrests are politically orchestrated by a few people who want to bring anarchy but it appears this strategy will not succeed.

  30. mtila zomba says:

    Kwata ine and doroph ng’oma again koma mulungu akuyankhuleni

    1. ruth warren says:

      awayankhule kuti atani? iweo pankholo pako dont u see how pathetic the work conditions are? Pantumbo pako mwana wa hule iwe

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