The Blantyre City Council (BCC) Trade Union is under attack for failing to get management position on why the BCC is failing to pay half of its employees their April salaries.
Employees are wondering if it is an issue of financial problems or mismanagement.
Nyasa Times sources have indicated that the BCC has only paid juniors while all supervisors, middle and top management teams are blank of when they would be paid their April wages.
However, BCC Public Relations Manager Anthony Kasunda has downplayed the issue by indicating that he only knows about the delays in paying without giving out the reasons.
“All I know is that there was indeed a delay but people have been paid,” said Kasunda without elaborating as to why in recent times employees are always getting their salaries late.
The source said that in March 2015, the Council first paid its Management team and Supervisors on March 20 and 30 respectively and paid the Juniors their March wages on April 8.
“This time around, they have alternated for fear of strikes otherwise the juniors were ready to mobilise themselves and stage a strike which could have tainted the image of the council,” said a source.
Nyasa Times investigations show that for the past six months the BCC has not been able to pay its employees on time due to failure to collect enough revenue.
The problem, according to another source has been aggravated due to the coming in of councillors who receive ward allowance and fuel from the council’s account and are always given a priority at the expense of the employees.
BCC has around 1,200 employees on full time and around 100 on temporary basis.