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.
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.
Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :