Lecturers at the Malawi Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi have from Monday downed tools demanding a 30 per cent salary increment.
According to the Polytechnic Academic Staff Committee on Welfare (PASCOW), the staff resolved to withdraw their teaching services from Monday 21 until government heeds to their call in regard to salary increment.
“We write to inform you that at the time of posting this message PASCOW has not received any communication or feedback on the demand of the salary adjustment.
“As a consequence, the PASCOW resolution of withdrawing teaching services form Monday 21 March still stands,” reads the PASCOW statement.
A visit by the Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday to the Polytechnic campuses situated at Chichiri in Blantyre found out that students were lingering around the corridors because there were no lecturers.
One of the lecturers who opted for anonymity confided with Mana that they will resume their duties once the university council increases their salaries by 30 percent or any percentage not less than 15.
“We are passing through financial hardships and as lecturers we got our salary increment in 2014, our salares are not coping with the current living standards because things now have gone up which is why we are pressuring the council to heed to our call,” he said.
According to the polytechnic Student Union (PSU) President, Frank Msiska the union is aware that lecturers are on strike demanding a 30 percent salary increment noting that the move is affecting them negatively considering that some students came last week and are incurring costs.
“Besides, this will disturb our academic calendar, we are urging the authorities to work on this as soon as possible so that the academic calendar is not disturbed in anyway,” he said.
Meanwhile, the PSU is meeting relevant authorities including the Vice Chancellor to assist in addressing the issue.
“We believe classes will resume once the meeting between the lecturers and the university council reaches an agreement without which the strike will be ongoing,” he lamented.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :