Scores of junior workers at Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) have gone on strike at headquarters in Limbe demanding a review of their salaries and other conditions.
“We are standing up, speaking out, and fighting for fair pay,” one lady in the fore front of the labour action, who could not disclose her name, told Nyasa Times.
The disgruntled employees – who include security guards, messengers, casual workers and those from the landscape and building sections -claim that the K30 000 basic pay was manifestly inadequate considering the rising cost of living.
They want a review of the salaries, housing allowances, leave grant and their conditions of services.
Admarc public relations officer Agness Chikoko said management will meet to address their grievenances.
“We respect people’s right to peacefully protest. Management will meet to discuss the matter,” said Chikoko.
She urged staff to call off the strikes.
But junior workers said the strike was called after pay talks with management broke down.
“ We felt it necessary because the management wasn’t listening anymore,” said one worker.
The strike also started at the regional office at Bangwe, Blantyre and elsewhere Admarc junior workers also dowing tools.