Malawi nurses start strike over pay rise demands

Medical workers under the Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) who are members of the National Organization for Nurses and Midwives (NONM) have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from Thursday  protesting against government’s failure to increase their salaries.nurses

The sit in comes after the expiry of the seven-day ultimatum which NONM gave to Malawi government to meet the workers’ demand of 45 percent salary increment  and arrears dating back from October last year.

NONM president Dorothy Ngoma told journalists in Blantyre Wednesday afternoon that what it means is that the nurses will go on duty in full uniform but will only cover the major areas “where we know that if nurses were not there, we might lose life.”

“These are labour units, maybe pediatric units, intensive care and high dependency units. These will be covered sparsely but the nurses and midwives will be close by, watching closely. If things will be very rough, they will go in and support each other,” said Ngoma.

She said the strike will be temporary halted whenever there is a major accident.

“If, for example, we have there is a major accident close by and our services are needed we will break briefly and go to attend to the patients and then continue with the strike. We plan to do that until we get the money,” said Ngoma.

Spokesperson for Cham workers Chisomo Mkandawire said the employees called off their nationwide strike following government’s assurance to meet their demands.

Mkandawire said they gave government “seven days to ensure that the matter is resolved or else we will carry on with the stay-away.”

Mkandawire said they will go on a full-blown strike that would cripple a huge chunk of healthcare service delivery in the country.

CHAM is a key partner to the Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Health in implementing the Health Sector Strategic Plan, including delivery of the Essential Health Package and training of human resources for health, and in other sector-wide initiatives.

It has 171 member health facilities, 20 major hospitals, 30 community hospitals that provide 37 percent of the country’s healthcare service delivery out of which more than 90 percent serve rural and hard-to-reach areas where public health centres are mostly unavailable.

Government bars health workers and those from other essential services from striking but  nurses have often defied the directive – when necessary.–Additional reporting by Harru Chibwe, Nyasa Times

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20 thoughts on “Malawi nurses start strike over pay rise demands”

  1. Mataka says:

    Ngoma anamwino akuCHAM sanalembedwe ntchito ndi boma ndiye ngati akufuna ndalama abwere m,boma we civil servant akuvutika ndiye what more with CHAM nurses

  2. capello says:

    ngati aboma sakufuna kupereka ndalamazo strike ipitilire mpakana ndalama zilandilidwe basi anthu tisamangogwira ntchito opanda kuganizilidwa ndi ka boma kopusaka

  3. capello says:

    I think the government doesnt care about its people>The strike should be on unil they pay the money

  4. Achimidzimidzi says:

    But why are these nurses treated contrary to the arrangement? What are government priorities. Stealing?

  5. fire says:

    Give money to the Nurses otherwise u gonna fill it .

  6. Abiti Sipoko says:

    Athandizeni ma nurse treat them well nawonso ndiogwira ntchito like any other person mMalawi muno.

  7. Patriot says:

    Mister President solve this problem osati zopusa mumalemba pa khoma dzulo lija.
    Useless leadership.

  8. chefourpence says:

    kayambeni uhule. Kulibe strike.

  9. one malawi one people says:

    wat they r explaining to b their mode striking is how they already work, its wat they r claiming increment for…it won’t make any difference agalu inu. chichokereni kamuzu kagwiridwe kanu ka ntchito ndimmene kamakhalira, u alwez find reasons to b lazy…. mumangoyendayenda mu ma ward muli tang’atang’a mutavala zothina matako pamtunda ngati mukupita ku bala zitsiru inu…..kodi ku nursing sch kulinso subject yophunzitsa uhule masiku ano? chifukwa ma nurse ndi mahule zuvuta kusiyanitsa masiku ano…nursing inali kale pano kuba mankhwala basi….timakukondani koma mwationjeza…shupit!!…..ngoma ungoyamba ndale uzidya bwino funding ya joisi wakuba uja. if u have genuine reasons to strike kakhaleni kunyumba osati zozungulira mutu mukufotokoza apazi……tikakupezani mukungotumbwa mumawardimu tikufuna thandizo lanu koma inu osatithandiza tikupatsani makofu….beta stay hom tizimwalira inu kulibe, ukumva iwe ngoma galu wa kumidima iwe, ukufuna anthu amwalire basi mupereke nsembe yolimbitsira kachipani kanu ka satanic kaja kolowa m’boma chifukwa maliro kaja, anthu ozelezeka osadziwa ndale nkumati chipani cha mphamvu kwambiri m’Malawi muno, zachamba! muisova. kachipani koyenda ndi mzimu wa imfa mthumba, tinakutulukirani anthu onyasa inu. ….uyiuze mfiti inzako yaikazi ija izibwera Kumudzi kuno, gati ankayendetsadi boma moopa Mulunga pano akuthawa chani?

  10. nkunthamasese says:

    give the nurses their money instead of using our money tax payers celebrating rubbish

  11. Vyachalo says:

    Aboma ganizani msanga apa. Anthu ambiri afa. Ntchito ya chipatala siyifunika strike. I am very sorry with this government. Please assist them.

  12. Concerned citizen says:

    zavutabe kodi

  13. brutsha says:

    Much as I may not support the nurses’ cause to go on strike , the nurses have for a long time been taken for granted. Society mistakenly think that, nursing being traditionally called a calling, nurses should suffer in silence. May be this misconception is to do with the history of nursing itself as a profession as it started with servant image, then religious image, then nurture image. But society ought to know that nursing has transformed into the current sort of image whereby it is no longer unambitious people only who are going into the profession. So risky as it is m ‘ mafuna ma nurse kugwira ntchito mpaka zake 30 kulephera kugula olo phokonyole. Mukuwona nurse wa m’boma wakwera galimoto ndiye kuti ndi ya amuna ake. Inu ndiye m’masangalala.
    Nurses are like anybody else people who would want to enjoy life.
    Before I forget inu ma dokotala, ma clinical officers etc m’madikira ma nurse kuti apanga strike kenako inu nkumapanga benefit. One day everyone will fight his own battle.

  14. walalawalala says:

    its better to have few nurses who have a calling for the job than to have a bunch of them who doesn’t care about the job, the way this so called nurses do their job especially in govt hosp leaves alot to be desired, enawa ana joina nursing kusowa kolowera angopha ma patients zipatalamu forsake!

    1. chole says:

      inutu ndinu opusa……mukukhala ngati kusukulu mumaweluka pa break..manyi anu mwanva

  15. joice says:

    Dorothy Ngoma watumidwa ndi jb to sabotage the government wagwa nayo, ma nurse aulesi amasiku ano nursing inali kale, ama china a lero wa akafika ku ma ward ku mmene ayambira browsing pa facebook mpaka kuweluka ma patients osasamalidwa mmalephera kuona zimenezo tchito ndalama zachepa ee locam yachepa za manyi

    1. Makaiko says:

      Nursing is a fprofson not a calling.si ubusa ndi ntchito mwanva zitsiru za dpp ndi mr ibu anuo?any loss of life he is sorely responsible.a sane person instead of addressing workers problems bussy cerebrating and panting a police cell.fuck him

    2. zanj kinte says:

      Joyce, don’t play the blame game. The new nurses are equally qualified like the old ones and are also saving lives. I don’t think any Malawian nurse can be remote controlled by JB. Give the nurses what is due to them. It’s a trend that problems in any new government are blamed on the previous. Muluzi blamed Kamuzu, Bingu blamed Muluzi, JB blamed Bingu, and now Peter is blaming JB…blaming ur tools. Politicians are the same.

  16. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    The last sentence really answers one of my questions about strikes in our country.
    So, the nurses, and others openly defy the law by striking? And what have been the consequences in the past? Serious consequences could deter this unruly behavior, not just with health care providers; but with others. Ndemanga’i siyoti ndikuchepesa nchito ya madolo a jakisoni, ai (not withstanding the utmost importance or value of the work done by healthcare workers)!
    Also what boggles my mind is how come striking employees continue to paid (without working) – like it’s bonus pay; a reward for striking! This has to go! Some people blame Bakili Muluzi for this, for pandering during the first post-dictator administration. This blame game doesn’t cut it: the current administration should get rid of this anomaly. It sucks as It just drains our economy! In terms of outcomes, there really is no difference between this practice of paying striking employees and theft of similar amount of money from the employer. And both practices are illegal!

    1. chole says:

      hahahahaaaaa …..akulu sukulu tinene kuti siinakupindulileni

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