Malawi civil servants threaten strike: Demand higher ‘living wage’ pay

Civil Service Trade Union (CSTU), which represents a majority of the public service workforce, is threatening a strike if government will not meet its demand for a pay hike of a living wage as they protest against the 10 percent increment offer.

Public workers: A calling to serve not to suffer

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe offered a 10 percent  pay hike in the proposed 2017/18 National Budget.

Gondwe said the pay hike would be given on merit to make the public service vibrant.

But CSTU has warned a nationwide strike if government doe snot reconsider revising the pay package more than 10 percent offered.

“We will be forced to ask all civil servant to withdraw labour is government will not give  the best slary increment,” said   CSTU general secretary Madalitso Niolomole.

He said the union met Government Negotiating Team and that they wrote a letter to Chief Secretary to Government Lloyd Muhara on their stand.

Njolomole said they have given government a 21 days ultumutum to resolve the matter.

Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) is also threatening to down tools on June 5 over unpaid leave grants.

However, President Peter Mutharika is on record to have told civil servants not contended with pay packages in the public sector to consider quitting and joining the private sector for greener pastures, saying working in a service is a calling.

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mbowe mulambia

Malawian we have a problem musalire lero used to receive change during JB now you are receiving salary why crying today musova



concerned Citizen

Those who want better pay should just leave Government and join private sector. The only problem I see is that most of these so called Government employees is that they are afraid of taking risk by join private sector. They want to be employed for life in Government. If that is your problem then stop forcing this Government of the poorest nation to increase your pay period.

leadson alufandika

Most of those at capital hill were handpicked by politician and got transferred there and are the ones involved in the cash gate-proven fact!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do you mean those starving in the poor rural Malawi are the ones stealing from the government coffers?. LETS RISE UP AGAINST THE POLITICIANS, THE ONES DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY


Prices of commodities go up all the time why not salaries?


working in civil service is calling? ??????i over my dead body. pack and go if you can not meet your promises.

Sugar is now at k850, Bread k350, k380, & k400. But salary remains stagnant. Malawians, if I were a parent, I would have considered them. Have you FORGOTTEN what IMF said? It was in February this yr when IMF said that unless Malawi changes its Financial Policies,otherwise its citizens will continue feeling this HARD PINCH. Salary taxable, yes. But taxing Pension is just being CRUEL, IGNORANT,OPPRESSIVE, SELFISH & STEALING.If outsiders are saying this, what about we owners? Don’t we see? I URGE Politicians to visit the ground & see how people are SEVERELY CRASHED by POVERTY. Go to Grass root… Read more »
This one calling himself Thekwene, You want to tell Malawians that Civil Servants are less educated by implying ‘ulesi ndi school’? The fact that you have to know is that Government employs the most educated citizens of the land and train them even further to stand the heat of the service. Those who have less education qualifications are encouraged to upgrade themselves if they don’t they remain in lower ranks up to retirement. Ndiye ngati m’bale wako analowa ntchito ali ndi maphunziro ochepa ngati anakwera ndiye kuti wachita sukulu koma ngati wasankha kukhala choncho ndiye ndi junior staff ameneyo asamakunamize.M’boma… Read more »
Luciano Mangame

Good move


Paja mumalandila zingati? Komanso anthu inu palibe chifukwa choti akuwonjezereni malipiro chifukwa anthu inu kuba ndalama za Boma kwabasi.Mwalikolora Boma ndiye mukuti ndalama zoonjera lizitenga kuti? STUPID CSs.

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