Workers at the Lilongwe City Council have threatened to go on a strike demanding salary increase from December 19.
According to the letter seen by Nyasa Times dated 15 December, 2014, addressed to Local Government Employees Union (LGEU), Director of administration, All Directors, Mayor of the Lilongwe City, Ministry of Local Government and Ministry of Labour, the workers give notice to withdraw labour starting from December19, 2014.
“All ground workers will converge at Lilongwe City Council Headquarters where we will start our strike demanding the pay rise,” reads the letter in part signed by Wyson James and Richard Chitsonga.
But in an interview on Wednesday, LCC chief executive officer Richard Hara confirmed about the impending strikes.
“Yes am aware of that development but it will not take place because we have already adjusted their salary upwards and we have just communicated the same to them,” said Hara.
Hara said: “We are waiting for our friends from Blantyre to meet and compare the figures since according to the act salaries are supposed to be the same.”
Meanwhile, from courtroom staff on strike for the past six weeks to primary school teachers boycotting classes to obtain salaries not paid for the past six months, labour militancy appears to be on the rise. Supporting staff of the University of Malawi have also launched a sit in to demand a 45 percent salary hike.
Doctors and nurses in public hospitals are also demanding pay rise and threatening to withdraw labour.