Malawi Parliament staff end strike and return to work

Parliament Secretariat staff have resolved to call off their strike which disrupted business of the Mid-Term Budget Review meeting after they were assured of a review of their salaries by President Peter Mutharika.

Gondwe: Strike has ended, parliament resume sitting GThursday

Gondwe: Strike has ended, parliament resume sitting GThursday

Acting Clerk of Parliament, Rooseverlt Gondwe, said in  statement on Wednesday that “the strike by parliament support staff has ended and that business of the House  will resume tomorrow [Thursday].”

Parliament Staff Union president Leonard Tilingamawa said that government had agreed to attend to their pay grievances and they were, henceforth, resuming their duties

Mutharika on Tuesday appealed to Parliament staff to go back to work as discussions on their salary issue is underway.

“We have put offers on the table regarding the salary increase and we are hopeful that the staff will accept them,” he said.

He said they have offered “equal pay for equal work”, meaning that a driver at Parliament should be at par with the one in the civil service.

Mutharika  added that he expected the budget review meeting to continue, as it had been scheduled for three weeks only.

According to the schedule of the mid-term budget review meeting, the government plans to propose seven new bills, including one setting a minimum marriage age and another banning human trafficking.

Parliament Secretariat staff staged a strike after rejecting an 18 percent salary increase offer.

The striking staff  reportedly heckled Cabinet ministers as they entered the premises with placards and Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe left Parliament Building with the National Flag on his vehicle removed.

According to President Mutharika, government offers  on salary hike are meant to harmonize salaries for employees at Parliament with those of the civil service.

Public servants under the Judiciary and the Legislature as well as other governance institutions such as the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) have been pushing for a pay increment after government increased salaries for their colleagues in the mainstream civil service.

 

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13 thoughts on “Malawi Parliament staff end strike and return to work”

  1. hendrina says:

    teachers must also be considered plz plz plz.

  2. galu wa galu says:

    Abogololo amenewa Fire them all after the budget, what are their qualifications. Boma lili pa mamvuto la zachuma(cashgate and flood) Think think think.

    1. oeter says:

      Komadi ndiwe galu. pitala wakoyo waperekadi zomwe anthuwa amafuna. buluutu!

  3. Nankungwi says:

    when we strike we ned to consider what it really means, this is agovernment which has no money and yet we are asking this very same gvt to pay us more money. Just think where that money is going to come from!

  4. bongozozo says:

    The guyz are afraid of returning the allowances they already pocketed. Good thinking.

  5. Mirella K says:

    Agalu inu!

  6. Sorry says:

    They are afraid of returning the allowances they pocketed… hahahahha

  7. madays says:

    eeeee….ndi divaluweshoni iyi ayenera awapase basi nanga ApM mesa analamula.iyenso Apm ngati ndizochepa achite strike…gondwe amuganizira.

  8. zagwa zatha says:

    After kukuwuzani kuti mubweze allawance munadyelatu ija by Friday mwaiwopela patali? Afuseni anzanu ku zomba boma ili silinyengelera.

  9. Patriot says:

    Parliament Staff 1 APM 0

  10. Denkhule says:

    This was not a strike but unlawful stay away from work.

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