Malawi shop workers strike over wages

Shop workers in Malawi’s  commercial city Blantyre on Monday started a stay away strike  that seeks to push their employees especially Asians, Nigerians, Chinese and Lebanese to hike their monthly salaries.

Shops closed in Limbe

Shops closed in Limbe

Business in Limbe town where there are more shops was on standstill as they remained shut after workers refused to open citing exploitative wages.

Workers are demanding a monthly salary increase of over 100% and better working conditions.

Nyasa Times reports that the strike has taken on a xenophobic character, with workers categorising the action as “a huge industrial strike that seeks to push their employees especially Asians, Nigerians, Chinese and Lebanese to hike their monthly salaries.”

Shop worker said they are tired of the meager salaries they get from Asian shop owners saying it does not tarry with the current high cost of living .

‘We are really suffering and I can say that we are the lowest paid and abused workers in the country,’ said a worker for an Asian hardware shop.

The workers allege that their employees have been telling them to just quit the job whenever they are approached to consider them raising their salaries which range between MK15000 and K25, 000 per month to the lowest and highest paid workers respectively.

At the moment, the minimum pay for the shop workers is pegged at between K5 000 ($11) and K6 000 (about $14) per week without housing allowance.

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38 thoughts on “Malawi shop workers strike over wages”

  1. DR DRE says:

    angathandize anthu ndani poti wothandizayoso akamudyesa banzi basi amaukila ma employees ati kuvuta awo ndiye ma union apa malawi

  2. Zaya says:

    Kungoti dzikoli likusowa atsogoleli anzeru mwina titayesa achinyamata

  3. mery julius says:

    kungoti dziko lathuli likusowa mtsogoleli wanzeru zaumunthu .Kunakakhala kuti President walamula kuti onse omwe ali ndimakampani akweze malipiro aantchito awo apo bii ngati sakufuna achoke mdziko muno bwenzi atachoka kalekale.Koma vuto ndiloti atsogoleri athuwa kukonda money too much through Tax kuiwala nazo amene anawaika pampando.

  4. mtibu says:

    it’s time for malawians to wake up and take over,we’ve bn inactive for so long,lets join hands and open up own businesses to employ our fellow malawians and pay them better than this.dziko wathu ndalamaso akhale wathu

  5. Kapolo wa Mwenye says:

    The shop workers and domestic workers that are employed by the Malawian Indians are paid better than what our fellow Malawians are paying they pay us close to K15,000 per month minimum plus housing allowance

  6. The person you interview about being paid k5000week have been to work place find out what gets per month and what he gets so pls finds the facts then report as I know most of the works are getting more than what’s there agree on that’s why u see there stirikings worker s where not workers but thieves who where looking for opertuinest so pls report the facts thank you

    1. DPG says:

      First of all try to make sense in your posting. Are you conversant with the queens language? To me you sound like the foreign bosses of these exploited local workers.

  7. CY says:

    You have mentioned there buying car’s like jinga that means your Nbanva do you know what it takes a person to be a boss that’s why you will remain poor for rest of your life. Stop saying Malawians are suffering in hands of foreigners is akunama a real Malawian suffers a fellow Malawian than does people you call foreigners. Every day people are going around ma funa Nchito don’t your so called fellow Malawian see them and employ them to them k50000 per month so that those people you called foreigners will learn from their… B4 saying your Ndrama is little first go and learn how to save money for your family first not only how to take Mowa and get drunk after getting well nest day you think your boss paid you only the remaining k5000 change in your pocket…

  8. kajedza says:

    All commentators- how much are you paying the maid whom you brought from your village-peanuts- shame. Do you know minimum wages are 14,350-00 per month

  9. kajedza says:

    5,000 and 6,000-00- Nyasa times – pls dont lie. Check the annual agreements that are signed by the employees representative and employers representative. It is much much higher than the minimum wages fixed by the government

  10. Phiri says:

    how its possible bcz last time it was agreed to pay 18600
    And we people are paying that
    They all are lying

  11. MUYISOVA says:

    Koma mukamapanga nkhanzazo mudzidziwa kuti mulungu akuonani chifukwa mukuzunza mizimu yake komanso mukakhala mudzidziwa kuti chiweluzo chikubwela pepani lingalilani mofatsa ife timakutengani ngati makolo athu.

  12. Wanex banda says:

    Dziko wanu ndalama wathu,kujaira kwenikweni

  13. Kika kanawe says:

    Malawians are suffering while the govt is there.A Malawi munatsankha agulukunyindawa dala,muziwona.

  14. Dr. Mango says:

    Amwenyewa atoonjeza. Nyumba zauve, malipiro kwa AMalawi apansipansi. Amenewa ayambe achitapo kanthu pa salare, apo bii ayese kugulika okha, ife natiwasala osawagula. Boma lipente nyumba zao zoipa ndi ekesi wofiira, atonyanya.

  15. cbk says:

    ngozo @ 9 yure 100% right,these people lack respect to workers,they feel superior,adding to that Govt policies are sometimes stupid.how can they let that stupid minimum wage to a malawian yet they are making big profits they buy expensive cars like bicycles yet the malawian worker is geting that stupid pay without being ashamed at all.eeish.

  16. Victor Phiri says:

    Katundu akukwera mitengo, boma linaonjeza ndalama a nchtito wake koma ife ayi.
    Peter Mutharika anatiuza kuti akalowa mboma, mtengo wa cement udzatsika, malanso adzatsika ndipo mitengo yathu idzakwera ndi 100% kodi iyeyu ndi wa bodza?

  17. manuel says:

    Nthawi zambiri ma shop workes amapita kuntchito osadya,,,lunch kungomwa madzi,,,kuweluka mochedwa,,,,nyumba zodula,,,,,MK15,000 agula chani,,,,katundu akukwera mtengo koma salary remain the same,,,,please may the gvt must think of it.

  18. Chemkumbi says:

    These low wages are not because of DPP, but all Govts which have been in place. Maka The MCP govt, amaletsa makampani kupeleka malipilo akwao mkumati thats too much, bwezani all this started by Bwana Kamuzu ndipo ana akungotsatira chifukwa malamulo athu sali clear on minimum wage for a labourer. So this started from the time we got independence. That time a Malawian with the same qualification with a whiteman man could be given different salaries and different locations for residence, all this started by Bwana kamuzu a malawian could stay at Zingwangwa while a whiteman in Sunside or Nyambadwe but all have diplomas or degreess.All this is because of our founder not DPP or UDF, but MCP. How can you sort out this issue. don’t blame an innocent spirit God will punish you.

    1. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

      Apa Chemkumbi, mwanena zoona. Kamuzu uja anali wachabe; kusankhila azungu ngati iye ani mzungu! Zinali zomvesta chisoni, poona a Malawi, eni a dziko, kunyodwa m’dziko lao lomwelo.

  19. atambwali says:

    Abwana Peter chonde aganizireni anthu, Ichi ndi chitaganya chonunkha pilizi konzani bwana.

  20. Joice Banda says:

    Mungonyoza DPP bwanji afisi inu Mazira anu ndithu..ili nde boma osati lathu lija la PP kapena UDF..chala mwamba chala mwamba…APM boma….

  21. Chitete Zikambani says:

    The Government must come in becoz we Malawian if the government does not come in timpha ana wosalakwa MK15,000.00 per month singakhale salary ya munthu wa banja lake, don’t forget pali school fees, learning mateterial and unform.

  22. Dyson says:

    Listen malawian if you stand together this madness can stop all malawian dont go to those shops go to another malawian shop until this people change.problem we dont love one another.5000 kwacha is a joke

  23. Abiti mdala says:

    Apa ndie bola osagwila ntchitotu coz apa olo trouser limene sungaguletu

  24. vindere says:

    Why lament all day/ Start your own businesses.Malawians are known for laziness . They always want to reap where they did not sow. That’s why this country is so backward and am ashamed to be living in it. Mxiii!!!!

  25. Clement says:

    DZIKO LATHULOMWE KOMA KUWONEKA NGATI NDIFE WOBWELA Y? AZIBALE ATHU AKUZUNZIDWA NDIKUGWILITSIDWA NTCHITO MWAKHANZA YET INU MUKUWONA KOMA OSACHITAPO KATHU
    AMWENYE AKUTENGA NDALAMAZATHU DZIKOMUNO KUMAKAMANGA MATOWN KWAWO,AMACHITA KULAKHULA MOLALATA AMVEKELE DZIKO NDIWANU KOMA NDALAMA NDIWATHU

  26. Olira says:

    Penapakeso koma boma silimatithandiza. Not as in current DPP gvt koma kuyambira nthawi ya kamuzu. Boma limateteza kwambiri obwera kuposa nzika zake. Akapitako akuluakulu aboma amakabwera ndi chi banzi mkamwa. Ndiya pa mwambo wathu sitilankhula ukudya…….

  27. vikadza says:

    good move but a lıttle bıt too late. K15000 is very little olo ku wowa ndi usiku umodzi yatha. something was supposed to be done long time ago. Tiwone mmene zithere

  28. Ngozo says:

    We Malawians are really abused. These shop owners show no respect to their workers. They can shout at them in the presence of customers. I always ask why our country is in the hands of these foreigners while we suffer. Limbe belongs to Asians because all the buildings are theirs. The Malawians who run shops have to rent from these Asians and are given hidden places not easy to be seen by customers. What a pity!!

  29. Tota says:

    6000 per week not month

  30. MaiMai says:

    salary for someone whole month mk6,000? ABALE INU OR SATANA KUMUGWIRIRA NCHITO SANGAKUPASE SUCH LOW WAGES!!!

    Nde Boma lili pheeee ati professor wa Law koma inu mbuzi yamunthu president ameneyu.Che Bakili ndi mwana wawo agenda for change akujoina dpp yofinya anthu chonchi?

  31. Nachanje says:

    5000_15000 apanga nayo chani muthu wabanja lake shame

  32. Patriot says:

    Izi zachitika chikwa cha kukwera mitengo ya zinthu monga ma passport. Boma la chala mwamba limenelo. Musolva

  33. Kadushu says:

    Zayambika Tithamange tsopano. Boma ili lokha nkhaza

  34. fisi Gammar says:

    Izi ndiye nzeru tione mmene DPP iberendalama kwatsamunda

  35. loveness says:

    SHAME!!!!!

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