Govt slaps Teachers Union of Malawi with court injunction over strike

Government has slapped obtained Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) with a court injunction to force teachers back in class.

YAS programmes manager Amos Simwela (c) addressing a news conference in Mzuzu

This has thrown the on-going negotiations between the government and TUM in disarray.

Willy Malimba the TUM president has confirmed that the union was served with the injunction immediately the leadership came out of the meeting it had with government representatives.

According to Malimba, TUM is surprised that government was at the court busy with the injunction when the meeting they arranged was still in progress.

Malimba said that the meeting they had with government representative on Thursday went well and they agreed to meet again tFriday for final stances.

But Malimba has said with the injunction, the meeting will no longer take place.

Meanwhile, Gospel Kazako, government spokesperson has asked for more time before he can comment on the matter.

Youth and Society (YAS) programmes manager Amos Simwela had warned that if the impasse is not resolved by Friday, it will engage its legal team to map the best way forward and hold nationwide protests next Tuesday.

“Government and TUM’s disagreements should never degenerate to the level of affecting the right to education of learners in public schools,” said Simwela.

Last year, schools were closed for five months due to Covid-19, and early this year, schools were also closed for five weeks following the second wave of the pandemic.

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Thengo
Thengo
1 month ago

Tili kuma stand kuno kumvera tose alliance. Kwakhalaku mungotula pasi udindowo mr president .pa ma president ose alamulira malawi ndikoyamba kumva kuti xool akungotseka ngati kwadimaki kwadzaza 👣

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Kulemera kwatenganyengo
Kulemera kwatenganyengo
1 month ago

Zeze is there pushing for no risk sllowance

Nyakwawa nyaxxy
Nyakwawa nyaxxy
1 month ago

Teachers don’t back down, they must pay what they owe

Last edited 1 month ago by Nyakwawa nyaxxy
Bauleni.
Bauleni.
1 month ago

An injunction to stop people from striking… ha ha ha kuthedwa nzeru Tonse alliance of fools.

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
1 month ago

Ife tili ku mastand kuonera tili pheeee! Mfana oganiza bhooo uja ali kuti? Zipani 9 kukanika kupeza yankho? Zomvetsa chisoni

Wakwiya ndi Kadeti
1 month ago

Kadeti akuwothera moto ku Nsanje mwezi wa October.

Thisisthegovernment
Thisisthegovernment
1 month ago

Which country in the world is giving teachers Covid allowance. Our teachers are welcome to go there and work. In as far as things are concerned the strike illegal because government has not flouted any agreement with its teacher to necessitate an industrial action. Government has never said that it will offer Covid allowance to teacher. If teachers want a job that offers such allowance they can quit teaching and apply for nursing

Yesterday
Yesterday
1 month ago

Countries are giving PPEs to teachers yet Malawi doesnt. 2 buckets and 100 disposable masks pr school are a joke, hence all teachers are asking for is the equivalent in cash since PPEs have not been provided. Where is the problem with that

Bauleni.
Bauleni.
1 month ago

Only a fool can write this comment

John Namiwawa
John Namiwawa
1 month ago

Vaccine wabwera, all teachers to get the jab. Uyu cadet Malimba is bringing politics in this issue, lets wait and see who will win at the end

Hawell
1 month ago
Reply to  John Namiwawa

Thats nonsense! do you mean people should not voice out their concerns on the pretext that they may be thought being in opposition? Do you mean to say if Tonse alliance is going astray people should be just watch? Thats total foolishness

Ndani wandibera list yocabinet nayika pathebulopa
Ndani wandibera list yocabinet nayika pathebulopa
1 month ago

Is someone sure that an injunction will force a teacher to teach. it might force them to go to their place of work but will it force them to work effectively? Isn’t a horse being forced to go to a river to drink? How will they make the horse drink the water? This is becoming more nasty

Assanje
1 month ago

Those not willing to work should be fired. There are thousands looking for jobs. People are scrambling for what we inferior jobs like police officer, prison warders, teaching etc. Even to find a job as an undertaker is not easy.

Hawell
1 month ago
Reply to  Assanje

They cant be fired my friend its a right for every malawian and more importantly a civil servant has the right to industrial strike. We can not be intimidated by Tonse govt after all anatithetsa kale mantha kodi siwomwewa timakakumana nawo kumsewu pokamatcha ndiye lero zayipapati? Be careful with your comments! And Chilima once said on a rally in zomba that as long as the flag of malawi is green, red and black he was ready to die for justice so is the same now we are even ready to die for our rights! Avoid your stupidity when making comments… Read more »

Mlonyeni mtonga
Mlonyeni mtonga
1 month ago

But will there be meaningful teaching where one is forced ?

Hawell
1 month ago

Thats a very big mistake Tonse alliance is making and this will lower the standards at all cost! a teacher will go into class and waulawaula ana thats all so at the end who is the loser? Becoz zowaula zomwezo ndi zomwe mphunzitsi adzafunse pa mayeso a inu powona kuti ana akhoza will start celebrating that things are going on well in class but in the long term the consequencies will be unbearable bcoz ana aja adzakhala mbuli. Boma likwaniritse zomwe linawauza kuti awapatsa not kuwanamiza like makanda

JOHN GOOD
JOHN GOOD
1 month ago
Reply to  Hawell

Why should people keep quite? Why should teachers be given Allowances? for what?

Give us examples of Governments that are giving its teaches COVID allowances.
what about other proffesions who also meet people,…. like courts staff, extension workers, Lands officers…. etc.. etc

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