Agricultural extension workers down tools as aviation staff give strike notice

Agricultural extension workers have gone on strike, demanding that the government effect promotions, hardship allowance and provide good houses, among others.

Agriculture Technicians at the Civic Centre to deliver their petition

Reports from across the country indicate that the extension workers are not working and in some areas have gone to their respective councils to deliver petitions containing their grievances.

One of the striking extension worker Patrick Chisakasa complained that it takes many years before they are promoted.

“We also need motorcycles. In this era, we cannot be using bicycles when going to the field. Even if they say we would be deducted from our salaries, we would agree provided we have motorcycles for field work,” he said.

He some civil servants from other ministries and departments get hardship allowance when posted in rural areas, saying the same is not the case in the ministry of Agriculture.

There was no immediate comment from government officials.

Meanwhile, government workers working in the civil aviation department have written the chief secretary to notify him with their intention to go on strike.

In the letter, the civil aviation workers are demanding protective gear against covid-19, promotions, among others.

They say that airports are still operational since they handle cargo of medicine and materials for coronavirus but the aviation workers themselves are not protected.

“We have also been handling repatriation flights organised by different embassies as well as mercy flights or ambulances which expose officers to greater risk of contracting the disease,” says the letter in part.

The aviation officers are also demanding overtime allowance, saying they work during odd hours after the official knocking time.

Spokesperson for the ministry of Transport and Public Works James Chakwera said he has seen the letter but could not comment since it has been addressed to OPC not to his ministry.

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MZWANYA
MZWANYA
8 months ago

These guys downed tools 20 years ago they don’t work angolima mma Minda mwawo and drink beer basi mmidzimu! If there is a ministry which gets free perks from the government it’s ministry of agriculture! Tiyeni zinazi tizinena chilungamo

Mtewetu
Mtewetu
8 months ago
Reply to  MZWANYA

You are talking brother

Kondwani Chisale
Kondwani Chisale
8 months ago

Why the Aviation sector has NOT started in Malawi as other Countries which even have got High Number of Cases have opened up for the Flights in and out from the respective Countries
Airlines or Embassy of Different Countries operating Chartered Flights are charging 3 to 5 More Fare
From the Normal Fare to Malawi every citizen can NOT afford these Fare to Fly Back and Come to Malawi
Lot of Malawi ans are stuck in other Countries due to this reason

National CEO
National CEO
8 months ago

Promotion goes hand in hand with hard work. Do these people really offer extension service to the rural farmer? I have a farm in Kasungu ADD and have never seen an extension worker assisting rural farmers for the past 10 years. Even verterinary officers are just assisting farmers on private services.

Mwene
Mwene
8 months ago

Yeah!! This is what happens when change is about to take place. It reminds me of 1992/1993. Malawians are Unhappy with their government period!!!

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago

Paja kwabwera amwenye 80 plus for the sugar factory in SALIMA. IFE ABALE ATHU ANGOKHALA AFTER LUANAR STUDIES COMPLETION.

444444No
444444No
8 months ago

There are a lot to be done from these guys up to HSA’s very pathetic life which they live in
Koma one day zidzasintha

Jame Banda
Jame Banda
8 months ago

I grew up in rural area of Mzimba in those days when HKB was on the “throne” we had an agricultural extension worker in our area who has a bike Enduro in those days. We had a dipping take etc. 2020 people are using bicycles? shame

Mkupamame
Mkupamame
8 months ago

Next Step is to Ask Grey Nyandule to resign with immidiate effect,Close all Agriculture offices in the country.Nyandule is incompetent too resistant on matters which have an obvious reasons.Extension Workers are suffering heavly how can one not get promoted after working for 15 years.Others are getting promoted without interviews but extension workers you want them to pass through interviews..Why?
STEP DOWN MR NYANDULE THUS THE BEST YOU CAN DO..

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago
Reply to  Mkupamame

my relative worked for 30 years in the govt workrd with almost 3/4 of the PSs and no primotion till retired. and knows most of the dirty deals the
Dausi
muluzi
goodal gondwe
gwengwe
diplomats
bingu
pitala
PSs
ben

Had and have DONE.
not even a single promotion
yet all these young girls men of the tribe and prostitutes come and join with no paper let alone interview.and all work ends back to these unpromoted staff to do.
malawi the 4th world country.

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