Dead bodies rejected at College of Medicine mortuary because of strike

Industrial strikes which have become the order of the day in Malawi took a sad twist on Thursday when the College of Medicine closed for business and refused to keep dead bodies in its mortuary.

The College of Medicine mortuary in Blantyre offers embalming and post-mortem services but two bodies were returned on Thursday as workers are on strike demanding a 75 percent salary increment.

“We are not relenting. This strike will continue until our demands for a 75 percent pay rise are met, otherwise nobody will be let in,” said Francis Mdala president for the University Workers Trade Union of College of Medicine Chapter.

He confirmed two dead bodies were sent back.

College of Medicine Mortuary

The strike at the College of Medicine is a result of government’s refusal to offer 75 percent increment instead offered 21 percent at a meeting with senior officials in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on Wednesday in Lilongwe.

The Polytechnic and Chancellor College campuses of the University of Malawi are also on strike demanding the same. Some private industries like Universal Industries are also on strike demanding a higher package.

Employees argue that they are failing to make ends meet after the 49 percent devaluation of the Kwacha recently.

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