Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) are calling for a strike September, when public scholls open, as part of a campaign to force government fulfil their commitment it made at a meeting the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) held wtih the union’s leadership in May 2016.
TUM president Muwake Chauluka accused the government of ‘dilly –dallying’ in resolving their long-standing grievenaces while speaking to Nyasa Times about some of the challenges the teachers are facing.
“Government has failed to resolve our grievenaces. We feel cheated and , as such, we are not yielding to their lies this time,” Muwake said.
He emphasised that teachers “will not open schools on September 5 2016, as stated in the academic calendar.”
“I want to be clear,” Muwake said, ‘there is no reverse gear when it comes to the September 5 strike.’
The teachers are demanding their payment arrears of leave grants allocated in 2015/16 fiscal year and payment of salary arrears as well.
Government agreed to pay all promoted teachers starting May and the last group in June but that has not been implemented.
Minister of Education spokesman Manfred Ndovie said they have indeed failed to resolve the grievenances due to financial hiccups.
Teachers make up the highest percentage of the civil servants with over 80,000 teachers believed to be serving in public schools.