University of Malawi staff start strike action to push for pay rise

Students at the University of Malawi  (Unima) are likely to face academic disruption as the support staff at Unima, which comprises Chancellor College, the Polytechnic and College of Medicine on Thursday started strike aimed at forcing government to give them 45 percent salary increase.strike

Lower-paid employees, such as administration staff, security guards and library assistants have downed their tools demanding a pay rise .

University Workers Trade Union president Flanklin Kapani and his counterpart at College of Medicine Francis Mdala confirmed that that they are demanding 45 percent salary hike.

“ We hought long and hard before deciding to take strike action. We want 45 percent because things have gone up,” Mdala said.

It is also understood that academic members of staff will embark on industrial action demanding better salaries and working conditions

The labour dispute  has rocked several institutions in the country of late with staff at  Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) have given the government a seven-day ultimatum to review their working conditions or risk an indefinite strike like the current Judiciary strike which has shut down the courts in the country while parliament staff have threatened to down tools as well.

Malawi Congress for Trade Union (MCTU) said it expects President Peter Mutharika to come up with measures to end the labour dispute that has rocked several institutions in the country.

MCTU President Chauluka Muwake said the Head of State  should show statesmanship and leadership in coming out with measures to end the disputes through peaceful means and collective bargaining.

“The government should meet with leaders of the institutions over the labour dispute to seek resolution of the matter immediately,” he said.

He said Malawi cannot afford to stay without operations of institutions like the courts, universities and the Anti-Corruption Bureau among others.

Muwake therefore appealed to all trade unions in the country to preserve the culture of unionism and support the bargaining process of fellow workers in their quest for social justice.

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22 thoughts on “University of Malawi staff start strike action to push for pay rise”

  1. Mwaziziwa Banda says:

    musatipherenso prezident wathu ngat mkulu wake ,mukuona ngat mbewazo zikanawina zikanapanga chani

  2. AMEN says:

    Ndinaziwa kuti awa ndi mavuto.

  3. Gimbogo says:

    Professor akuoneka ngati alira

  4. Reasonable Man says:

    Hehede. Ine Im just enjoying the show. Mesa munkabera ma vote. What did you expect

  5. Bomanile says:

    I wish to appeal to all public sector workers to be compromising and understanding that the country is undergoing through a hard time economically for two main reasons – the withdrawal of aid due to Cashgate and the end of tobacco selling season. It should be understood that Government is not likely to have funds to meet all the demand for pay increase from public sector workers. They only accepted demand from civil servants as the civil servants perks are much lower than those of other public sector workers. Do we want the Government to go bankrupt? If it does, who do we think is going to pay us? Do we know in other countries public sector stay for months or even years without being paid by their government? Do we want to copy that? Let us be reasonable. We should not just demand an increase just to maintain the gap between ourselves and civil servants. The hard economic times have hit all of us (including the lowly paid civil servants) but we should understand government does not have enough money to go around!

    1. mangochi kabwafu says:


    2. Zoona Phiri says:

      Muzi iwe wamva! Where did they get their salary increments as president et al? All workers must go on strike to punish the fools

  6. Ma battery a mlakho says:

    Tiyeni nayoni nkhalamba yakuba.Mphechepeche muli juuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

  7. zachisoni says:


  8. chengolo says:

    Kkkk Malawi is now too hot for Peter Mutharika. Pakadafunda padajiwitsa galu, we told u make use of your green card and go unakakamira mpaka kuchita kubera mavoti. Uyisova!!!!!

  9. Crispin Bwangala says:

    I also hereby give notice that if they do not comply upon the expiry of 7 days of the date hereof, I will go on an indefinite strike to compel Getrude Mutharika’s BEAM Trust to refund the K6m ARV money they stole from NAC. Where on earth is HIV transmitted through dirt and rubbish?

  10. Michal says:

    nyengo yakwana ya kuchemerezga……!

  11. peter says:

    State house workers will also join the stike

  12. mtengo wagwa says:

    Tiyeni nawoni. They talked shit when they were not in Govt.

  13. Zibwanaizi says:

    Please,just ignore and fire them!!!!!


  15. dzikolathu says:

    Let tobacco farmers go on strike now saying that they will not continue working in the fields because of the price of farm inputs which is too high .This is will force Government to go down, as the Government gets its forex from tobacco. Farmers suffer a lot and in return they are robbed what belongs to them.

  16. Sarah says:

    Apa ndiye zafika povuta. Wina athawa ndithu.

  17. Wanga ndi yemweyo says:

    These are signs of the times. The question is, what times? Remember that we saw such signs in early 2012. Let’s wait and see. Komano, zidze pano nzatonseeeee! I rest my case.

  18. muny'apatatu says:

    Yeeeaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! I saw this coming..nde mafana a UNIMA sanaiyambe yawo yofuna kuti akweze ndalama zogulila zakudya….APM unya uwona sunati….afta all these so called industrial strikes r justifiable, zinthu zakwera mtengo babaa…imagine sugar panopa ndi 5hands +..

  19. Karonga Boy says:

    Gys,please Slow Down,i Don’t Want Another Cardiac Arrest In This Country Againo.Ndizimenezotu APM Unakadziwa Sukanabera Mavoti.This Country Will Be Too Hot For You&state House Uyimva Kupweteka.

  20. chatty man says:

    munthu akomoko uyu ndi ma strike! kkkk muisovenge!

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