Over 50 market revenue collectors, sweepers and watchmen have threatened to down tools should they not be paid their eight months’ pay soon.
Representative of the staffers, Esther Makwakwa, told Nyasa Times in an interview that they have always been surprised why the council fails to pay them their dues when they collect over K50 000 in each market.
She said those prepared to stage strike are from Songwe, Uliwa, Miyombo and Nyungwe markets.
“When it comes to giving us our salaries they always say they are in short of money,” she said.
But Karonga District Commissioner Rosemary Moyo said her office does not recognize the grouping.
“They were not employed by the council,” said Moyo. “They are employed by our employees who pay them based on an agreed upon commission. We have not received such complaints from the one who employed them.”
Moyo said that as an office they were surprised with the claim because they always release monthly commissions every month.
“It might be that the responsible people supposed to give them their money have not done their job,” she said. “But we will look into the matter and sort it out.”
A series of strikes have rocked the country, most of whose income is donated.
Between January and February this year primary school teachers downed tools in most parts of the country over unpaid salary and leave grants arrears.