Malawi celebrates Labour Day: APM calls upon employers to comply to regulation on labour issues

President Peter Mutharika on Sunday joined Malawians in paying tribute to contributions and achievements – both social and economic- of workers in the country as he  led Malawians in celebrating the International Labour Day which falls on May 1.

Mutharika visiting pavillions on labour event

Mutharika visiting pavillions on labour event

President Mutharika, vice president Saulos Chilima at the Labour Day event

President Mutharika, vice president Saulos Chilima at the Labour Day event

The International Labour Day was set aside to celebrate the economic and social achievements of workers across the world.

The event which is organized by Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) was held at Masintha Ground in Kawale, Lilongwe.

Speaking at the function the President called upon all employers in the country to comply to government’s standards in terms of labour issues some of which are minimum wage, safety and health, social protection, rights at work and social dialogue.

He sternly vowed that any non-complying employer will face the long arm of the law.

“Employers should strive to pay a decent wage to their workers. Many studies show us that workers who are well paid become highly productive. Decent wages and incentives are an investment. Employers, wherever possible, let us invest in labour. Let us not go to the extent of exploiting our workers,” he pointed out.

The head of state reiterated his government’s commitment to create many skills in tandem with all key areas of the economy.

“Skilled Malawians can create industries to employ themselves and employ others. Malawi must be a nation of skilled and industrious people if we are to become truly self-dependent. We must be a skilled and industrious people if we are to make Malawi a producing and exporting nation,” he said. President

Mutharika added: “We are establishing community colleges in every part of the country in order to create a skilled labour force in this country. This is my formula to job creation. Skills and manpower
development is a foundation for the Foreign Direct Investment program. We create jobs by inviting investors who find a skilled labour force here at home.”

The Malawi leader strongly urged all employers and managers to promote the national core values of patriotism, integrity and hard work in every work place.

He asked employers to integrate these national pillars of progress into institutional core values.

Before commencement of the event at Masintha, the President marched to the venue with workers in solidarity to the their cause in championing workers’ rights and end problems of sorts experienced in work places.

Afterwards, he visited pavilions mounted by several companies Macra, Tevet, ESCOM, National Library Service and Illovo.

There were also a demonstration and a presentation by Chisamba School of paper recycling projects and Tenancy Labour advocates who are fighting for reforms in tobacco farms against exploitation of tenants.

International Labour Day is commemorated in 80 countries in the world and this year’s event was held under the theme “Decent work and reforms, a key to economic growth.”

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Winston Msowoya
Since I left Malawi on the 19th October,1964 a month after the cabinet crisis led by Masauko Chipembere at the age of 17 years,I had been hearing people in foreign lands calling us: Mabwidi (Zimbabwe) but what they are going through now under Mugabe,we are by far,better off.In Tanzania we were called Washenzi which literally means fools and beyond Africa,we were known as “moving souls”. This sort of insinuation,generally brought us to be called laughing stock of the world.As a matter of fact,we are.But God is great,we showed the World in 90s that we were not as they thought we… Read more »

how do we do that with little pay fool


Mr President, no one will follow the your values when yourself do not believe in these values. Do you think you have integrity?


kodi Achilima mumabisala chani mmandalamo.

Greencardless Malawian
Greencardless Malawian

Labour day kodi a pitala, please ask your dress advisor to work with yoyr Mrs as well Nr President



Petre Mathanyula

Most civil servants are never promoted up to when they get retired. Just imagine someone working for over 20 years without promotion. How can such a person get motivated? If I am telling lies go to Fisheries dpt and investigate, you’ll be shocked.

Frank Mhango


Everyone has observed your recent violation of your state servants and many others without considering all that you currently preaching to us.


ZABOODZA MUKUMBAZO A MUTHARIKA! Nanga bwanji munamugwiritsa ntchito mwana Ligomeka
pobera zisankho osamulipiranso. mpaka lero mululephera kuyankha zomwe anaulura. Zinachita kuonekeratu kuti ndizoona. tonse timadziwa kuti zidatero koma timadikire tambe amasule yekha thumba.

You days are numbered and this week is final mark my words


Labour Day ya anthu awiri nanga si chigulu chambiri mmalawi muno chikusowa tchito!

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