Malawi’s civil servants have asked government to increase their wages or face a crippling public sector strike.
Civil Service Trade Union (CSTU) president Eliah Kamphinda Banda has made it clear they would strike if their demand for salary increase is not addressed amid an increase in general inflation.
Banda said the civil servants are getting low salries which is not matching with the high cost of living.
He said demands to increase the salaries have been raised with the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) .
“We have made our case c,ear to government to work on the remuneration and we expect civil servants salaries to at least match the poverty datum line,” he said.
CSTU president said the current pay is out of sync with the cost of living.
Banda said their approach remains non-confrontational, but warned that they would be compelled to go on mass action if government will not address their demands.
Commentators says government cannot technically adjust civil servants’ salaries in the middle of a financial year which ends on June 30 2012 unless through the mid-term budget review in parliament.
Acting Secretary in the department of Human Resource Isaac Bondo said government was still enganging the labour union in talks.
Bondo assured that Capital Hill will address their concerns.
Demand for salary increase comes at a time when Members of Parliament (MPs) from both sides of the House on Tuesday unanimously adopted a Public Appointments and Declaration of Assets Committee report which will see their monthly pay package rising from K390 000 ($2 335) to about K1 million ($5 988).
The proposal will however wait for the final approval by the Head of State.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :