Malawi grain reserve NFRA staff on sit in strike: Demand salary hike

Staff at the national grain reserve, National Food Reserve Agency, have started a sit in strike on Thursday to press the government increase their salaries.

Strike action at NFRA
Strike action at NFRA

The workers are urging the government to implement a salary structural pogram that would put the NFRA staff salary at par with other parastatal staff.

“Our salaries are far below those of our colleagues in other parastatals, it is pathetic,” said one worker who asked for anonymity in fear of reprisals.

He said they agreed with the government in 2012 to put the NFRA salaries at par with other parastatals but this has not worked.

Senior managers including the general manager Nasimuko Saukira could not be reached at the offices  and on their mobile phones as they were reportedly out in the meeting.

The strike negatively affected the offloading of maize for relief as most drivers complained that they were just sitting idle as the striking staff refused the offloading of the maize.

Atleast eight million Malawians need relief food due to El Nino powered weather which has caused dry spell in some areas and Al Nina powered weather which has caused flooding in other areas.

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