Malawi nurses issue 7-day strike notice

Malawians should brace for tough times in a week time when nurses in the county down their tools as the National Organisations of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi (NONM) has given Malawi  Government seven days to pay nurses working under Christian Hospitals Association of Malawi(CHAM),  their monetary entitlements or else the nurses down tool.

Jessie Chingoma of MCTU

Jessie Chingoma of MCTU

Ngoma addressing a news conference

Ngoma addressing a news conference

NONM President Dorothy Ngoma, made the announcement on Wednesday in Lilongwe during a news conference.

Ngoma said it is unfair for the government not to pay salary increments for health workers which government announced in October 2014.

She said NONM has since declared a dispute with government through Ministry of Health for failure to carry out its mandate of increasing salaries and leave grants for CHAM employees when public servants whose salaries are generated from the same pot got their money without any hustles.

Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) deputy Director and organizing Jessie Chingoma has since accused government for failing to implement what it pledged.

“It is unfortunate that government is failing to fulfill what it pledged in the Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) where it pledged to pay salaries for all CHAM nurses,” said Chingoma.

NONM in accordance with provisions of labour relations act Section 43 has served  a seven day notice notifying the government that it will start striking on 12 March, 2015.

The following demands have since been forwarded to government. Firstly the NONM wants government to pay the nurses the newh salaries and leave grants effective immediately. NONM has also asked government to pay all areas dating back to October 2014 in full.

Thirdly CHAM wants government to write a commitment document highlighting that it will treat government and CHAM nurses equally.

They have, however, said failure by the government to solve their grievances within 7 days would compel them to go on strike.

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

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38 thoughts on “Malawi nurses issue 7-day strike notice”

  1. Uncle M says:

    Zovuta zedi

  2. wakulu says:

    Kwavuta ku malawi eeeeh … Chilungamo chioneke basi …

  3. mwini team says:

    Pay them

  4. kashushu says:

    koma Boma limeneliii

  5. Paul senzani says:

    Amene akuti timapha anthuyo, Don’t bother wth him, LET A SLEEPING DOD LIE!!!

  6. Mtchona wopanda mano says:

    Please give them their dues. Why torture our healthcare workers? I receive some of the best services from CHAM hospitals!

  7. Paul senzani says:

    Professionally we know the pain that we feel as Nurses & u know it. Fight to the last drop of ur sweat. GOD protect & guide u

  8. Paul senzani says:

    fight more we r behind u! Justice will set u & us frée! Let LORD of ISREAL be our GOD! Proud of u & we all love u.

  9. Paul senzani says:

    anzathu are getting huge allowance just spendng happy sléep nights in Hotel Rooms, while we r spendng sleepless nights in ward

  10. waku malawi says:

    Let the so called CHAM pay them coz is not govt. Are they employed by cham or gvt. Kuba kumeneko ayi ogwira ntchito ku airtel amalipidwa ndi airtel osati tnm

    1. fire says:

      My friend u don’t know what u are talking about. just keep silent.

    2. zakakaliya mulopwiya says:

      Umbuli bwanji. You don’t know what is happening in your own country kkkkkk. These people need to be paid period.

  11. kamau wangenge says:

    comment yakoyi yasonyezeratu kuti ndiwe mbuli.niverapine amamwa osati kubaya

  12. Gama says:

    A Ngoma siinu aja a joyce banda a safe motherhood aja? Anakuchotsaniko paja, fighting good course ofcouse

  13. M.S says:

    Thats for NONM! Starting from 2day, o cham workers r on sit-in wch will end @ the tym when w r given new salaries, arrears n leave grant

  14. wisestfool says:

    Iwe ndadabwa ukudziwa bwanji zimenezi? Ndiiwenso wa satanic, galu!!

  15. Boko says:

    DPP woyeeeeeeeeeeee! Yes you should go on strike, you are justified. Pitala is busy abusing NAC money with his fatal wife Getu using it for their personal use instead of looking after nurses that treat us when we get ill. Go ahead you have my blessings. Busy kuba ndalama zamafloods victims basi. Galu Pitala.

  16. Martin says:

    Chimbalis comment Pa ma nurse a Cham,very disgracing.Mr.Henry,how can you say Gvt silemba a cham ntchito?Apa a Chimbaliwa akutiuza kuti a Boma alibe nao ntchito ma nurse
    Nurses Tools Down!!!!!

  17. Nyapapi says:

    Ndadabwa where is your evidence? Koma am surprised with this type of reporting and why NONM getting involved is it now representing Clinicians and other professionals. Cham recruit anthu ophunzira bwino from collrges and grade them properly mu CHAM full of garbage

  18. Mwana wa Dorothy says:

    Its sad to comment like every nurse does that,how come you came out without being killed this means that someone did her job perfectly for us.

  19. Achimidzimidzi says:

    This government is full of drama.

    How on earth can you miss these nurses? This shows how chaotic the government is.

    Is Saulosi Chilima still the vice president? I doubt.

  20. Aidgate says:

    Komanso zinthu zasokonekela pa Malawi. 2019 ndikutali abale. Paja a kuti nawonso ayamba kumakomoka ngati a chi wend awo???

  21. Kalanga says:

    CHAM workers are starting today! My assumption z that in CHAM workers there are also doctors, patient attendants, nurses and so on! Ndiye tipange bwanji?

  22. ine says:

    Akwezereni basi malipirowo.kutero muteteza myoyo ya amphawi amene dailly akuwaphera ana awowa.

  23. edda mwalweni says:

    We love you Dorothy Ngoma, you really fight for the nurses freedom. Even when you were heading the Safe Motherhood together with our Chief, we saw you two promoting Community midwives training and construction of “waiting homes “across the country.. We will remember that pair. Now fight, fight, fight, for our better living,we will support you !

  24. Guley says:

    Kodi kulibe retirement kumeneku? Mukuonjezatu azigogo inu. Mwa daya ma tsitsi kukakamilaipando

  25. Mmodziyenkha says:

    Kufasa sikupusa.money talk ndani safuna dollar?chifundo chinapha nkhwali simukuwachitira chifundo agwira bwanji ntchito zachifundo ?
    ?Adya ma NRV kuti asafe ndi njala?

  26. senior says:

    Doro ulipo eti. Ku zombatu ma nurse atozunzika. Being treated like Trish. Zimenezo mmunatouzidwa?

  27. Apa boma la DPP ndiye likuyandama mmadzi. Ma demo ndiye aculukitsa

  28. mmodzi yekha says:

    plse dont be selective here all Cham workers are part of Gvt but their deue have been channelled to other dpt where reports have indicated that there is massive over spending.Otherwise DPP is rnning gvt as personnal estate ndiye sitinatitu tinkangokumverani usiku uja mukuimba zidebe K nyerenda atangomaliza mwano wake.Chilipo ndi chani? Poti chitukuko,chitetezo komanso chilungamo palibe!..

  29. chaka says:

    andadabwa mwafika popusa nazotu…munamva kuti zoti kuli neverapine obaya?fuck u

  30. Gimbogo says:

    DPP woyeeeeeee!

    1. mmodzi yekha says:

      Ndadabwa!. Wy r u personalise here? dont u know that having sex is an individual rights? iwe sunagonanepo ndi wina other than ur spouse? then jst astain period.

  31. ndadabwa says:

    koma musiye nkhanza ma nurse mukumapha ana ku labour ward Mulungu akukuonani. ndiponso ma nurse ambiri ndi a satanic chifukwa mukumafuna kulemera mwamsanga. komanso musiye uhule. mumagona ndi aliyense simutha kukana chifukwa mumadzibaya niverapin, mulibe manyazi ndi kuvula

    1. senior says:

      Mfiti imaloza mfiti inzake. Mukudziwana zanu nzimodzi. Nawe suopa kunyenga nurse cz unamuwerenga. Ndekuti anakudolola.

    2. Makaiko says:

      Amako ndiomwe amangovula ndichifukwachake anabereka garu iwe.pantumbooo

    3. Doctor says:

      Point of older, ma nurse ndi anthu 1,munayamba mwagwilapo mchipatala if not try so that u know what happens its not intetional osayang’ana zipatala zanuzi bwanj?i zipangizo ndizoperewera ndiye ntchito ingayende bwanji? Ask gvt to intervn. 2 ukakhala uhule ndiye uli pena paliponse .pomaliza kulibe nevirapin obaya komanso ndikuziteteza kuti azikazi anuwo asazawapatsile. Simukufunanso kuwapatsa ndalama akusekeralani bwanji pogwira ntchito whats the motivtion now dont forget munthu sinjinga kapena galimoto ndi ndi ntchito yofunika concentration,ndiye ndimangokuonani mukamanyoza, nursing ndi ntchito si voluntier oky

    4. Tmc says:

      Its u who sleep wth them,kugonana its socialisation,osadanda sikhani imeneyo. Panga zako tisiye tipange zanthu

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