British Council Malawi staff rejects June salaries

British Council staff in Malawi have resolved to reject June salaries citing poor working conditions and demand salary adjustments in line with the recent devaluation of the Malawi kwacha.

They have since written the British Council headquarters demanding that their salaries be pegged to the new dollar rate of about K250 and increased.

They have threatened to take unspecified action if their conditions will not be improved.  

This puts examinations run by British Council and other programmes at risk.

The development comes after United Nations staff in the country also threatened a strike over similar demands.

UN staff are paid in dollars, but since the 49 percent devaluation, their salaries are still being pegged at the old rate of K167 to the dollar.

The UN resident coordinator Richard Dictus urged staff to be patient and wait for a decision from New York on Friday this week.

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