Malawi civil servants demand 45% pay hike, or strike Monday: CSTU threaten ‘biggest action’

Civil Service Trade Union (CSTU) has protested the 10 percent pay hike and counter demanded a 45 percent hike, saying if government fails to address their concerns they will go on strike on Monday as they warned the public to expect the biggest action.

Public workers: A calling to serve not to suffer

The strike which will include nurses in public hospitals will herald industrial unrest in a major challenge to the government.

If it goes ahead, the strike threatens to disrupt public services.

CSTU general secretary Madalitso Njolomole said the union will meet government negotiating team on Friday morning to find out if their 45 percent demand has been met.

“We held a meeting to solicit views from our members on 10 percent salary increment Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe announced in the proposed 2017/18 National Budget. They have asked us that if government cling to 10 percent hike, then we start strike on Monday,” he said.

“We have not given government the actual increment but we want the lowest paid who is getting K61 000 before tax to reach K75 000 before tax,” said Njolomole.

But Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara accused unions of “rushing” into action while negotiations were continuing.

The civil servants’ push for higher pay rise comes against the background of a warning by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the wage bill while strengthening tax compliance to mobilise enough resources in line with the country’s goals.

Following a 15 percent pay hike for the public sector last July, the public sector wage bill rose by K22 billion to K264 billion which, according to Treasury, was 23.3 percent of total expenditure in the K1.3 trillion 2016/17 National Budget.

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Alick Mtendere
what is 45% to be honesty? are indians especially who shows are malawian country owners. they manage shopping everything in the country while us that you call malawians get leftovers. do you think if you give 45% we’ll be rich? are we going to buy cars? I don’t think. we know these foreigners will raise prices of goods in their shops of which that 45% will be nothing at all. for you to be there, to be called names, it”s because of us whom you underlet. if you government ask the foreigners to comeup with votes running the country, will… Read more »
Murupale pa Thyolo
Ziperekedwe basi. Bwanji zokwezera udindo Ngongoliwa chaka ndi chaka sizimasowa? Ndalama za boma akuzidya ndi a chipani cha DPP. Panopa galimoto zomwe zikuyenera kugwira ntchito ya National Registration (ID) exercise zili busy ferrying DPP brute women here in LL. Where they go everyday nobody knows. The thing is civil servants are poorly paid whether donors like it or not. Let the servants get enough for their survival. If DPP led government has no money to raise salaries then surrender the mantle to those who are ready to give due respect to the civil servants. How can one call the civil… Read more »

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winston msowoya
On behalf of Malawians in diaspora in North America,we strongly support the demands of Civil Servants for pay raise that will march with the cost of living in the country,while Muthalika and his gang of looters are swimming in golden waters.Unfortunately,President Peter Muthalika,does not care a damn.Recent international economic Index puts Malawi as the poorest and most corrupt nation in the world and few of the government leaders are extraordinarily rich.Countrymen,Banda ruled you like captives in your own country,but you showed him in 1994,that you are human beings with brilliant brains and have the will to live like other human… Read more »

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Unfortunately there is no outside trip soon for APM to run away from problems. He quality run away at the start of the teachers strike, buried his head in the sand hoping Chancellor college lectures will have resumed, Chaponda continues sleeping peacefully and PAC resolutions are on the way etc,etc.

Malawi ameneyo!!!

Thako la Nkhuku

Just fire them and outsurce the services which the government workers do not do anyway!



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