Malawi civil servants demand pay rises to match true cost of living: Warns of strike action

Civil Servants have issued a strike warning if government overlooks the need to increase salaries substantially to match the cost of living in the country.

Civil servants may stage a strike action

Civil servants may stage a strike action

Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) President Servace Sakala, said civil servants will start withdrawing labour, arguing that they have been waiting for an increment for a long time to match the economic conditions.

But Minister of Finance Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe on Friday told the National Assembly that government would increase salaries for junior public servants from December this year.

Sakala warned that failure to increasing salaries will not be entertained.

“We have been patient enough on the salary issue, if you remember last time government raised salaries for senior civil servants and juniors were left aside.

“We are expecting that this time government will increase salaries for civil servants and mostly junior civil servants”, said Sakala.

The threat fo r civil servants strike comes after the judiciary strike and recently the Anti-Corruption Bureau strike which has seen workers accepting 9% and continue to work.

ACB senior public relations officer Egritta Ndala said: “We have just agreed that we should accept the nine percent raise. After all, the financial year is coming to an end [on June 30].

“However, we shall continue engaging government on the increase of salaries. The problem was that government was not delivering on their promise that is why we downed tools.”

Gondwe in his budget statement said government will push up the wage bill from K198.0 billion in 2014/15 financial year to an estimated K228.7 billion.

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56 thoughts on “Malawi civil servants demand pay rises to match true cost of living: Warns of strike action”

  1. boston mlotha says:

    childish government that changes policies any how,

  2. Aaron Lyson says:

    Kodi financial year ikuyambira December kapena July? Chonde zibwana ayi.

  3. Mtundu wanga says:

    zosekesa kwabasi ndipo sitilola zonyasazo.
    Malipiro akuyenera kukwera pa 1 July 2015 ndipo zingavute maka tiwathandiza ma Junior Civil Servants kupanga zionetsero ikangophasa bajeti without proper wage bill adjustment and change of time frame from the abnormal December to normal July.

  4. Patrck jumma Brown says:

    Zandudu

  5. Thom Thom says:

    Why increment effective December while financial year starts this July.Ma civil servant mukanati mudziapatsa salary yabwino,mavuto aulova bwenzi ali ochepa chifukwa bwenzi nawo akulemba anzawo ntchito.Advice is like a second mother to a child.A boma konzani zinthu kuti mukhale bwino ndi a ntchito anu.Mapeto a zonse opindula ndi eni amalawi.

  6. ADADA says:

    Goodall Tipe Waka Ndalama,sazacha

  7. Petulo Mutharika ndi saulo chilima amati sakufuna kut anthu azilandira ma change.ndiye kupanga strike n’kwabwino chfukwa ayiwala zomwe analonjeza.

  8. Nganali Kombweke says:

    Ationjezele basi

  9. Blessings says:

    Goodal Gondwe chimunthu cha nkhaza musaiwale anabweretsa policy ya three yrs pension lero akuti december chaka chamawa adzanena february 2017.

  10. ndebele says:

    Tasintha boma koma Palibe chikusintha malipiro bola amayi omwe aja Tinamva kuti a Chilima akufuna akonze civil service kuti anthu azilandira ndalama zokwanira koma pano anasiya ndikumveka komwe. Mai ine

  11. Mavuto ndiye alipo osayamba nkomwe, tipemhe Ambuye Namalenga adalitse dzikoli….

  12. Lackson Mahara says:

    Nthawi zina kulolerana ndibwino

  13. malawian says:

    Tipitiliza kuyenda bawo mpaka boma lidzayembe kupereka salary osati chenji . ITS WORK AS YOU EARN BASI. WAKWIYA AKAKOLOPE LAKE MALAWI

  14. Goodall for nothing Gondwa, why have u set December as the date for pay hike? Is the financial year starting in December. We poor civil servants are being robed in daylight. Who’ll stand and speak for us? Salary increament should be effected this July not December. Paja boma ili limadikira kuri anthu anyanyale kaye ntchito ndipo limanva bwino. Shupit.

  15. nyavizwazwa says:

    amelinda, kulalata mwalalata zedi, bwanji mukafunseko ntchito inuyo ku bomako? Gugula kaunjika sikufuna koma kuti atchene. Munthu ngati akukakamira pa ntchito zaka zitakwana ndiye kuti palivuto ndi olemba munthoyo. Chifukwa malingaliro ngakuti kodi nditapita kumudzi ndikatani? That person does not know ehre to start.

    Kupita ku ntchito 9:00 that means there is no motivation. It is the same with your maid. If you do not please her afterwards she misbehaves.

    Ask those who were working in Kamuzu Government, not necessarily that there were allowances but the little pay was enought to buy sugar and milk for the little ones becoz of the sound economy. Atleast people could have passion with work but not these days friend Melinda. Do not talk no sense becoz these people fighting for the good conditions and salaries of civil servants do not mean that they did no go to school. If you found a better job from an int org just praise God than castigating those working for Govt.

  16. Nanchidwe says:

    Pena Pake Bomali Likumawaseweresa Ma Civil Servants. Zoona Moyo Ukuwawiramu Mukanene Kuti Increament Mu December? Goodal Wakalambadi Eti? Go On With Strike Guyz!!!

  17. Kholophete says:

    Ndadabwa @ 32 ngati ntchito imakukanikani kuipeza m’boma because of umbuli wanu shutuup!!! Ngati mumakanika kupeza ntchito after all the applications you write not a single invitation for a mere interview, khalani chete musachite nsanje ndi anzanu omwe ali competitive than inuyo. Ka Hawker kanuko its enough for you and kakuyendako because anthu omwewa ogwira ntchito m’boma amakugulani ti ma lifebuoy ndi timaluwa tanuto

  18. Munyekhuwa says:

    In other words, the wage bill increase from K198.7 billion to K228 billion simply means on average salary increase of 15%, my foot. Majority civil servants in bracket K45,000 X 15 /100= K6,000 extra hahahaha! An’ yet MHC has raised their houses, two bedroomed by K6,500! hahaha kkk!

  19. Chemtukanika says:

    Why December and not July?Do you want to tell us that Government financia year has changed too?Just do what you promised last year please.Life is too tough Hn.Money Minister Sir,You know very well that your daily allowance is more than someone’s salaries for 3 solid months.

  20. nyavizwazwa says:

    Ndadabwa, You expect a teacher to leave his/her children suffering becoz of somebody’s children. Doing business is an initiative so that children can find something to chew at home. Ndipo mphunzitsi woteloyo alindinzeru kwabasi.

    Do you expect a PS child to be going to better schools and be PSs for teachers children. No teacher also want their kids to go to good schools so that in future they are PS.

    A nurse becomes even more harsh becoz of little pay. worst still the govt denies her to go to UK as was the case previously for greneer pastures.

    Civil Servant is the worst paid person second to mwenye. Thus why cashgate is rampat.

    Those working with Kamuzu reached retirement age without a house. going home sleeping in a house built of mud and no cement. because of faithfulness. and failing to buy a bag of cement.

    akweze malipiro kuti anthu asangalale

  21. MELINDA says:

    ma rubish okhaokha.anthu mumapita ku ncthito 9am kukafikila pa bawo,azimayi kuyamba asankha kaunjika mm’a office,ikamati 2pm ambiri timakuna nanu mutaweluka.

    nde muziti mukufuna malipiro achani?ngati mwatopa tsanzikani anthu akusowa ncthito,ana ophunzira osati nyasi timaona ku capital hill.nkhalamba,eti mkumati sekeletale wa aujeni,chimunthu cha zaka 70 osapanga litaya bwanji.

    musationjeze.anthu omwe akukulipirani,kumamidzi akuvutika.chonde kochepa komweko kasamaleni,mudzisunga.anakuuzani kuti mulowe m’boma ndani?

  22. nyavizwazwa says:

    Ndadabwa, You expect a teacher to leave his/her children suffering becoz of somebody’s children. That is an initiative so that children can find something to chew at home.

    A nurse becomes even more harsh becoz of little pay. worst still the govt denies her to go to UK as was the case previously for greneer pastures.

    Civil Servant is the worst paid person second to mwenye. Thus why cashgate is rampat.

    Those working with Kamuzu reached retirement age without a house. going home sleeping in a house built of mud and no cement. because of faithfulness. and failing to buy a bag of cement.

    akweze malipiro kuti anthu asangalale

  23. Ine asandiwonjezere chifukwa zomwe ndikulandirazi zikundikwanira. Olo atandipatsa zambiri sikuti ndipanga nazo kanthu. Ndikudikira Ambuye Yesu kuti abwere posachedwapa. Zokanganakanganazi, kulimbanalimbanaku ndatopa nazo. A Goodal Gondwe mukamawapatsa anzangawa ine chonde sindikuzifuna kapena muwapatse osaukawa olo zipite zikagulilidwe chimanga chokadyetsa anthu amene akuvutika ndi njala. Ine ndalama ayi popeza ndi muzu wa zoipa zones za masiku ano otsiriza.

  24. Yetson Nkhoma says:

    They promised us to recieve salaries not change,so is this what u promised? We have been patient enough and if this goverment dont increase our salaries this months then strike will be the last option. Increase our salaries pliz!

  25. ndadabwa says:

    ma civil servant do not derserve pay rise coz they dont work. a police ndi akuba. ma nurse ankhanza, maphunzitsi dont work busy doing business

  26. peter says:

    The moment tax payers will realise that all public servant are paid from their taxes and start to demand the best from them thats when real governance will start. Otherwise Goodal and executive are fighting a lonely battle.

  27. smadav says:

    Koma a Chilima muja munkayankhulira pa radio mumatanthauza zimenezi? Hee boma laife tikufuna kuzakweza masalary yama civil servant kutanthauza chitonzo chanuchi?

  28. kazeze says:

    Nanunso ma civil servants, what civil service do you render, bawo playing and workshop allowance amassing? You must ask for increases by matching your pay with both cost of living and service/work you render not just cost of living. You are not working idiots, just drawing salaries oh my foot!!!

  29. yemwe uja says:

    zaiiii zopanda nkumfede komwe

  30. Mungakane Muona says:

    We salary increment now not in December ,inu civil servants trade union ndi a TUM mwangoti phwii apa akupatsani chisikono eti?

  31. Austin chiumia says:

    Xixikwera ndithu mbiyaxo,xitipexe basi,tonsefe ndi majunior,kupatula amene amagwira ntchito Ku kapitol hil

  32. Kanyimbi says:

    These civil servants must know that ordinary citizens are the ones that pay them. So the citizens are not impressed with the way you are working. Malawians are suffering because of the mismanagement of these civil servants. Chonde musatiyambe dala. Last year you demanded higher perks and this year you want the same. Go to hell you non performers, cash gaters. Mbuzi za anthu.

  33. malawian says:

    Ma chenje ama salarywa athe basi

  34. Gondwe is mad, why to raise salaries in December while the financial year ends 30th June. This old man should go. We have to strike for his exist.

  35. zaonaine says:

    yomweyo tikungokhalila ngongole

  36. oscar jere says:

    Every civil servant should have his/her raised apo ayi panseu basi!!!!

  37. Black Market says:

    The main problem in Civil Service is not that these people receive little salaries, no but they are lazy and crooked. God does not bless a crook therefore crooks never feel full or satisfied. Even if Govt today pays each of them 1million they will come again in the nearest future to demand more.

    What I can advise Govt to do is to assess its staff and reform along the strike. There are too many passengers only the few are dedicated.

    They are crooks, think of the cashgate, salarygate, theft in fuel, inflation of invoices, outsourcing of services when they already have internal providers eg in ICT services. They gonna better buy a service instead of generating the same for themselves WHY? they want to steal from the payments, and u expect such people to receive fat salaries? Is that they way developed nations used to develop?

    Retrench and Reform, period.

  38. Kadabwali says:

    Sakala ndi a nzako a Njolomole mutinamiza!!!!! mukumameza ma banzi a DPP tili nanu. We are ready to march you out as well.!!!! we will smoke you.

  39. manda says:

    very shame,this govt has completely failed,we are just idle waiting 2019 general election,the southerners are enjoying

  40. TedtheToddler says:

    Here we go!

  41. Khonsolo says:

    Its so long we ve been cheated.cost of living is so exorbitant here in Malawi.

  42. PP says:

    Kodi momwe boma labvutikiramu ndalama zichokera kuti? Akati misonkho ikwere, mudandaluanso. Akati mudzilipira ku chipatala, mudandaulanso.

    Koma buto ndoloti makobiri aboma akubedwa kwambir. Boma ili munayika nokha. Ngati mukufuna kugwetsa bomali, tiyeni tikweze malipiro kwambiri ndipo ligwa lokha poti muzipatala simukhala mankhwala, misewu sitikonza etc.

  43. Ea..zavuta ndithu pamenepa ndiye zofunika boma lionjezere malipiro a wanthu coz the cost of living is 2 HIGH..

  44. Batman says:

    Boma la mbava ili allocate ndrama zokwanira ku health

  45. Kas says:

    And u cnt promise a hungry man tht he wil hv food next week. December y very far, govt financial plan starts in july, wt z the logic here of raising the money in December, giv the civilservants money with arrears starting July or els face the music.

  46. Phiri PK says:

    If those on top positions are to compair there living standards with juniors, definately they would do something.

  47. gogoda says:

    Lowest net pay K70 000 that’s better

  48. boma limangolonjeza osakwaniritsa. Akuluakulu amangoona zawo basi!

  49. OMEGA BEMA says:

    Tipange zomwe zo ,,,marching basi

  50. che bint says:

    lets stage a strike and nothing else.cstu pliz fight for an early increase not in december,,thats a total bulshit

  51. Achalume says:

    Increament should not only wait parliament budget sitting,noooooo but where due government should raise it.Give civil servants surprises when they are doing fine.Mpaka azililira pay!Bwanji kodi anthu openga inu.Lero civil servant kumandira below K100,000,Shameeee.Ooooooooh yeeeeees!Think twice boma.Mchifukwa akukubelerani.

  52. Thaundi says:

    Why starting from december and not july this year,we are going to match right away there at the national assembly,atisamale tikufuna ndalama zathu kuyambira july tatopa ndi umbava wa GG ndi amzake.

  53. real patriot says:

    Palibe kukwezeledwa malipiro.Ntchito kusewela bawo panja pa capital hill offices.Munadya za amayi za cashgate zinakukwanani.Akuthetetsani Saulos ndi Public service reform.Muphunzire kukhala olimbikira instead kulembelana tima night tabodza.

  54. john says:

    Proposal govt shud increase junior civil servants by 30% and seniors by 10% after all the money goes bak to it through tax

  55. burnettie says:

    i thought we wud be fighting for time frame for the said pay rise iwo pompopompo ife mu december .shud this be z trend?last budget timamvetsa

  56. Banet says:

    Komanso new salaries ayambe july osati December…zachamba eti

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