The Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU), which has been pressing for a 46-percent salary hike, reacted with ease an announcement but Finance Minister Ken Lipenga that civil servants will receive an average 21-percent pay increase.
In presenting the country’s $1-billion (820-million euro) budget in Parliament, Lipenga said:”Wages and salaries for civil servants are pegged at 86.8 billion kwacha ($340 million, 270 million euro). With this provision, government will be able to restructure salaries for civil servants by an average of 21 percent which is above projected inflation.”
The hike, the biggest in recent years, comes into effect on July 1.
CSTU still hopes that what it discussed with government “has not been breached.”
General Secretary of CSTU, Pontius Kalichero, said the 21-percent salary increase for civil servants Lipenga announced is an average wage adjustment.
“Yes, we discussed the 46 percent and it is our hope that the 21 percent which was announced could just be an average. We proposed that the lowest paid should get 47 percent while the highest should get about nine percent.
“But we are yet to check with the government how they have apportioned that (21) percentage,” said Kalichero, according to Nation on Sunday.
Malawi’s 170,000 civil servants earn around $100 a month, low compared with the region but sought after locally.