Malawi’s UN local staff start sit-in strike

Frustrated United Nations (UN) local staff have today Wednesday started effecting their sit-in protests over unrevised perks two days after threatening strike.

The devaluation of the Kwacha by about 50% by the Joyce Banda administration has affected employees and employers alike, causing demands for salary and wage hikes across the country.

Sources indicated that staff have reported to their work stations, but are refusing to do any work until their demands, just to peg their salaries to the US Dollar, and not necessarily raise them, are met.

Staff and UN vehicles parked outside the head representative offices this morning. Photo by Patricia Masinga/ Nyasa Times

UN boss Richard Dictus issued a statement that all was well and that the Malawi office had engaged the UN Human Resource office in New York in discussing the matter.

He said his office was also engaging with local staff representatives.

The office had engaged the staff on Tuesday but the discussions proved futile.

Malawi seems to be the only country that is still paid in local currency, whereby neighboring Zambia UN local staff are paid in dollars.

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