Mutharika says Parliament striking staff should go back to work: Malawi MPs meeting disrupted

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has made a passionate plea to  Parliament support staff strike who started a strike despite offer of 18 % salary increase by government, should return to work and continue with discussions with government.

President Mutharika: Appeal to striking staff to return to work and continue discussions on their demands

President Mutharika: Appeal to striking staff to return to work and continue discussions on their demands

The strike which started Tuesday at the Parliament Building in the capital, Lilongwe, has derailed a mid-year budget review which will also  review the current response to the floods situation that has affected more than half the southern African country.

President Mutharika told a news conference that government was offering to Parliament staff “equal pay for equal work.”

He said  in the government’s offer, “the Clerk of Parliament for example will get a pay as Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Information or Ministry of Defence.”

Mutharika added: “I sent a message to the Speaker that it will be a  good idea to go back to work and continue with the discussions.”

Parliamentary workers’ representative Leonard Tilingamawa said the Parliament Service Commission proposed a 24 per cent salary review for them which government rejected as manifestly inadequate as “the cost of living is rising daily.”

Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya sait it was “impossible” for the crucial session to continue with staff strike.

“We need stenographers, Hansard reporters, clerks, messengers,” said Speaker, who said MPs are likely going to be sent back home.

According to the schedule for mid-term budget review meeting, the government has lined up seven bills including the minimum marriage age and human trafficking bills, a ministerial statement on the disasters which have hit most parts of the country and a mid-year budget review statement scheduled for Friday, February.

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Emmatuwa
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Mafumu achotseni parliament Staff paja inu mumalowerera za eniake.Mafumu akuMalawi inu ndi mafumu opanda nzeru munthu akadandaula mwati achotse ntchito
inu yaniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii asiyeni andale akhale andale inu mafumu gwirani ntchito yanu yosamala anthu a mudzi wanu.

chimtsikana
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achiperekabe chi 24%…….LESSON: Mr. President and whosoever, is in charge of salaries in all government institutions, first find the root cause of the problem before rushing to the “solution” which in actual sense does not solve the real problem. the Civil Service, Judiciary, Parliament, ABC etc have Service Commissions. these commissions do review salaries and conditions of service to its servants. when giving hike to the Civil servants, do not compare them with others rather give them according to their demands and how you have negotiated with their employers. harmonisation will only work if all the laws were repealed and… Read more »
wakukaya
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CHAM instutions get ready and I am afried because cham hospitals are all over the country and people will die.Cham hospitals are even in difficult to reach places unlike government hospitals which are mostly in urban areas.Muyisova!

Mashino amingi
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WHERE Is the ..Paramount chief who wanted all striking staff to be dismissed? Come and dismiss all parliamentary staff. You were really abused, my chief. Zina kumaasiira eniake. musalowelere pena paliponse. Mudzagwa nazo.

sabiti
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Ndiimeneyoyo apatseni makobiri anthuwa inu muzionjezera kale ma 80 percent awa akufuna ka 25 basi

Arthur G.M. Mtambo
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LAST DPP ALSO MET THESE SITUATION, SHOOTING AND PEOPLE DIEING,PLUS COMMON ASSAILTS, INJURIES BY THE POLICE, ARMY,AND ORDINARY PEOPLE. TO-DAY THE SAME IS THERE.JUST THINK WHAT WILL BE NEXT —– WATCH OUT. MR PRESIDENT BE CAREFULL, MPS, MINISTERS, CHIEFS, DIRECTORS, ADVISORS AND OTHERS ARE CHEATING YOU IN AREAS OF LAND MATTERS, HEALTH SYSTEMS, EDUCATION, FUNDS FOR HIV/AIDS ETC, LABOUR POLICES, UNION ISSUES, AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES, FOREST, LAKES, RIVERS, MOUNTAINS, JUST TO METION FEW ——– YOU GIVE POWERS ON ALL MENTION ABOVE TO ANTHU OBWERA LEAVING MALAWIANS NAKED AND BECOMING SLAVES AGAIN, KAMUZU BANDA REMOVED ALL THE UNBECOMING ATTITUNDES FROM ASAMUNDA, TO-DAY… Read more »
Alungwana
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If you say equal pay for equal work, do you have that equal pay for equal work? Umagwira ntchito yanji ndalama zonse ukulandira zija?

N'neneri Yesaya
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“Inde. ….. ndinena, ndinena ndi inu! Boma ili liri ngati chitsotso m’maso mwa Atate . Ndipo ngati momwe Atate anachotsera chitsotso china m’chaka cha 2012, posachedwapa Atate omwewo adzachotsanso chitsotso chimenechi .”

Hoitty
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Equal pay Equal work BRAVO DPP

chefourpence
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fire the mercenaries! They have been paid to strike! Thats what you get when one tribe of people occupies a whole establishment

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