Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) has called off the strike about 40,000 teachers across the country have been staging since last week after government through the Treasury paid their leave grants.
And in related development, Civil Service Trade Union (CSTU) has also cancelled its strike planned for Monday 19th June as government has agreed to meet some of its demands especially on the 45 percent salary hike.
TUM Secretary General, Charles Kumchenga in a notice to all Union members revealed that almost all districts have finalized receiving their leave grants and June salary transactions except Chitipa, Lilongwe, Chiradzulu and Likoma where there were problems of balancing the figures.
“Accountant General has also transferred everything to the Reserve bank of Malawi (RBM).
“This transfer was taking place around 4 pm yesterday (Thursday) which was very difficult for RBM to process for individual payment. In this case almost all districts are going to get their LGs on Monday and these districts with problems will get on the same Monday late hours or Tuesday,” wrote Kumchenga.
He added:“Ladies and gentlemen, looking at this development with tangible evidence, Teachers Union of Malawi is calling off the strike and requests all teachers to resume their work on Monday.
“Finally we are requesting all teachers who have been omitted to meet their DEMs for rectification of their problem. Those missed shall be paid together with July salary.”
On Friday Nyasa Times reported that TUM was contemplating of calling off the strike as some of its members started accessing their leave grants.
Some learners across the country this week took to the streets to violently protest against the teachers’ strike.
Civil Servants Strike
CSTU Secretary General, Madalitso Njolomole told Nyasa Times in an interview that they have scrapped off plans to have a strike on Monday as government is currently addressing their demands.
Njolomole said through negotiations, government has pledged to effect a salary hike of over 40 percent from the 10 percent pay hike the civil servants were initially offered in the 2017/18 national budget currently being scrutinized by Parliament.
“Government has started meeting some of our demands. It has agreed to give us a pay hike. We are still negotiating on the grading structure and we are hoping of having a positive response by Tuesday next week,” said Njolomole.
He said with the latest development, the lowest paid civil servants who have been getting K61,000 monthly (before tax) will now be getting K72,000 before tax. Initially CSTU wanted it to be K75,000.
The civil servants’ push for higher pay against the background of a warning by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the wage bill while strengthening tax compliance to mobilize enough resources in line with the country’s goals.
Following a 15 percent pay hike for the public sector last July, the public sector wage bill rose by K22 billion to K264 billion which, according to Treasury, was 23.3 percent of total expenditure in the K1.3 trillion 2016/17 national budget.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :