As the country is haunted by strikes, another took place at Beit Cure International Hospital in Blantyre on Tuesday.
The employees are demanding a 49 percent but management at the hospital offered 28 percent.
“Employees downed tools the whole day on Tuesday. It was only during lunch hour that some employees offered to provide food to patients. ”said an employee.
The employees have been demanding 50 percent salary increment following the devaluation of the Kwacha by 49 percent but management was against the demand.
“In fact the director was blocked from going to his home in UK for holidays before sorting out the strike issue. Management has put its foot down on 28 percent. Management has also offered to give K1 000
voucher to each employee per month,” the employee said.
On Wednesday, the employees and management were still in negotiations but work had resumed.
Many hospitals in the country have been on a strike including Kamuzu Central Hospital, Neno district hospital, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and Thyolo district hospital. Principal Secretary for Health
Willie Samute has described the strikes as illegal.