Malawians must brace for actual dry taps as Water Boards have threatend to go on strike if government will not offer a salary increment within 14 days.
Water Employees Trade Union of Malawi (Wetum) demand more than 45 percent pay rise due to hostile economic conditions.
Controller of Statutory Corporations, Zangazanga Chikhosi, said government approved a 20 percent to cater for cost of living and five percent as annual increment, making it a 25 percent salary increment.
But the employees were looking for something higher—45 percent increment.
The workers say their earning have been eroded by the weakening of Malawi and also putting into account of some adjustments of prices on the market and rise in inflation.
The employess of five water boards in the country have since threatened to lock the taps dry should government fail to offer salary increament.
Wetum general secretary Tony Chiphwanya said the union believed the matter would be resolved amicably, disclosing that there is a planned meeting with managements of the water boards.
Malawi is facing economic problems and hunger crisis.