Malawi’s civil servant strike still set, deadlock with govt on 45 % salary hike

Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU), which represents a majority of the public service workforce, will meet Wednesday to decide on when  to start  their planned stay away from work following a deadlock during a meeting with the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) on workers demand for a 45 percent slary hike.

Civil Servants Trade Union President Elia Kamphinda Banda addressing civil servants at Capital Hill

CSTU secretary general Madalitso Njolomole said the meeting, which was also attended by National Organisation of Nurses and Midwives (Nonm), failed to reach any agreement.

He said in the absence of any offer from government to address their concerns, civil servants were determined to proceed with the natiownwide  strike.

“We will brief  all civil servants  at Capital Hill on Wedneday on the deadlock and decide way forward on when the strike should start,” said Njolomole.

He  said  civil servants  should not be taken for a ride.

CSTU 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.

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.

Representatives of the GNT  could not immediately comment on the outcome of the meeting with CSTU.

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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Kholowa mkabudula

We need to be realistic, just look at the budget, check the state house allocation you will how evil pipo are. Check the medical bill , and yet in gvt hospitals there’s nothing. If the gvt can afford that why cant they increase the salaries even up to 70% because they are showing that they have money to spare and steal? Go on pipo to shame the devil!


ma cadet zisakujhudzenu


ma 45% claims amenewa bola atamachokera from a selected few amene timawaona akupanikizika ndi ntchitowa, koma ena onsenu ku capital hill ko, olo atakupatsani 1% that can be so generous of government. all this noise and threats poti ma cashgate holes anatsekedwatu, shame


union of Malawi please continue with your strike a till things work

Bambo a Nophi

Kumeneko,act now Njolomole be courageous like the present TUM

concerned citizen

Look like a civilized civil service . Mukuti amenewa ndi ma civil servant aku captal hill? Kavalidwe kamenaka ndikololedwa kumaofesi a boma? Malaya osapisila, zitenje ku ofesi zoona ?


Chimuzanga Majoti, you suffer from an overdose of hero worshipping APM and his angels, who are his Ministers and MPs. yopu sound dull with your textbook economics

cha kale kale

We have had increments more than 45% in the past , u know it which economics is that one u r talking ng about people need money. Those guys have given themselves 300% increments recently why sholu it b a problem giving 45 to a poor public servant. Let’s be realistic guys life is had .

Zander mutiuze
Not only that how can the president hire a jet plane from Qatar to take him to South Africa If there is not money for those police Who stand beside The road in sun when he passes there. Police in Malawi get their salaries from poor mini buses. People dont respect police because they are forced to beg. Police should be respected and feared. Nurses work very hard night and day. To get propert attended one has to bribe all this because government has NO money for very lowed paid workers Who pay their lunxiouly living. They are busy enriching… Read more »

U foolish civil servants we tired of u. I think u shud resign and go where u think u ‘ll get more.

Alfred Minjo

Iwe Mbuzi eti! Go to hell.


give them money
life is very very hard
out there !!

its only dpp gurus
who can mess around
with cash in sacks /pillows !!


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