Malawi govt workers want ‘at least 50%’ pay hike

Malawi public workers battling with 24.50 percent inflation have maintained their demand for “at least 50 percent” pay hike to cover the rising cost of living in the cash-strapped southern African country.

Civil Servants’ Trade Union (CSTU) said General Secretary, Madalitso Njolomole the latest demand was justified.

Kalekeni (l) addresses CSTU members at Freedom Park at Capital Hill Wednesday Pic. By Kondwani Magombo

Kalekeni (l) addresses CSTU members at Freedom Park at Capital Hill Wednesday Pic. By Kondwani Magombo

The union leaders rejected the proposed 24 percent increment in the 2014/15 National Budget.

CSTU leaders argued that the 24.4 percent salary increment is not enough to serve a civil servant with basic necessities amidst increased costs of living in the country.

They asked government to increase the wage bill from the proposed K163 billion to K170 billion to cater for the lowest paid grades in the civil service who include teachers and police officers

“Our main query is that salaries of the Judiciary, Parliamentarians and we, the civil servants are processed through the same offices and we save the same Government so why then, should there be a difference in the amount of the money we receive,” reasoned Njolomole.

Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) general secretary Denis Kalekeni disclosed that the unions wanted the lowest paid civil servant to get at least K85 000, which is equivalent to the salary of a driver in the Judiciary.

“Government had offered a percentage increment with which we disagreed and to which we counter offered an over 50 percent hike.

“We were thus, shocked when the Finance Minster brought out 24.4 percent in Parliament during presentation of the 2014/2015 National Budget,” said Kalekeni who added the hike was not even close to the minimum living wage as per findings of independent economic research experts.

“We are conscious of the economic problems our country is undergoing and the proposal we are offering will be enough to at least serve us with our basics without disturbing any monetary plans by Government,” further said Kalekeni.

It was however disclosed that the talks with the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) on salary harmonisation within the civil service were not yet concluded and that the dissatisfaction would be tabled at the final meeting.

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Phuphu
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Anthuwa ndizitsiru amalawi amationa ngat ngat chani kaya panopa IPTE 7 TEACHERS akugwira now 6 month no pay wt type of gvt z this

Kent
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kod mphunzitsi mumamuona ngat chani?
mumaiwala kut mukhale anthu ophunzira mchifukwa champhuzitsiyo.
munakhala pampando chifukwa mphunzits amene mumamunyozayo anakupunzitsan kulemba ndikuwerenga.
malipilo amphunzitsi akumachita kufana ndi okolopa kunyumba kwanu zoona zimenezo.
Bwana Muthalika Pamene Mumalowa Timaona Ngat Zinthu Zisintha. Ka 24.4% Kanuko Mukuziwa Kut Mphunzits Mwamuonjezera K1000 Yokha?
Muzikhala Ndichikondi Ndi Anzanu.
Tatopa Nanu.. Tiyamba Kunyanyala Nafenso. Mitu Zotupazo Agalu Inu.

jones channdida
Guest

go for them gentlemen. Anything you say we are behind you. Show them the dangers of promising a leper some shoes.

Matata
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Akwzereni malipiro Munanena nokha pa campaign. JB anakuposani paulamuliro wabwino pa zaka ziwiri anakweza ndi 1.9percent . koma inu mukukonzekera kuti mutiberemo mbomamo basi

Bob
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Is secondary school eduacation free you puppet?

wakie
Guest

[email protected] z needed z all global HSAs should put tools down till clarification z made by MOH zimatiwawa2

Concerned citizen
Guest

Did u knw that Malawi government employed Health Surveillance Assistant under Grobal Funding in 2007 on Contract basis of 3 years, later the gvt told them dat permanent employed, yet without giving anything for the ended contract. And as of now if one dies the gvt refuse 2 giv anything 2 the remaining members of the family.
So amabugwe ask the government: (1) kodi ndalama za contract za anthuwa zinayenda bwanji?
(2) Nanga panopa akugwira ntchito ngati ndani?
I understand that these people have been asking for clarification from the ministry Health. But the Ministry people are just quite, why kuwapondereza anthu chonchi?

Lawrence Khwida
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I know you. Why don’t demonstrate against the return of your horrible CEO?

Wake
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Chifukwa chiyani a Malawi timangoyanira zinthu zikuonengeka. Lets join hands & fight 4 dis, ma civil servant akumatengedwa ngati ma volunteer why? Tafufuzani anthu amene alandira pension some months ago, mutha kumva chisoni. Kumakhala ngati munthu chibadwire sanagwirepo nthito.

Fathi Shehab
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yes i totallh agree with chakwera s din id din nevrr mind yhr size. o do hav ze ptevilege to tesf spmr og yhe amnual reports….ssny profit above 15pct is robery or excploitation and you c lon savings how many banks give interest but zey banks sre giving bonus to employees….. shame zey cannot even u credible statement…an a4statement zey charge u k900 per copy… yeah somthing nerds ti be dobr not just change govt via elections. for ze civil service lets reduce vodt of pplitics lets hav 100 Mps…….after all ward consrllirs are pon board to handle development idsues…not… Read more »
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