More civil servants demand promotions within 14 days: Goodall says not feasible

Civil Servants Trade Union  (CSTU) has given government  14 days  ultimatum to promote those in mainstream civil service to give them higher-pay-grades as it has done with teachers  and  police officers or else there will be  mass strike.

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In a statement dated April 29 2019 and co-signed by CSTU president Joseph Mdambo  and general secretary Madalitso Njolomole,  the union claims some civil servants have not been promoted for over 10 years while some have upgraded their qualifications and should be promoted before voters cast their ballots on May 21 .

The Malawi Public Service Regulation says a civil servant is eligible for promotion after every four  years and commentators say promotions should be made not as an appeasement  for electoral purposes but it should be deserving, not the one-size-fit-all that the Peter Mutharika administration has done to teachers that ended up have the deceased and retired getting promoted.

The union had accused government of making “segregative promotions”.

Reads the statement seen by Nyasa Times: “In view of this development, CSTU wishes the government to note that some civil servants upgraded themselves with diploma, degrees and master’s degrees while others have been on the same grade for more than 10 years.

“CSTU, therefore, demands government to use the same criteria and methodology which applied to promoting fellow workers teaching and police services.”

The letter demanding promotion has been handed by the union to government’s Chief Secretary Lloyd Muhara at Office of President and Cabinet.

The demand, if affected, could dig a bigger hole in the national budget whose wage bill the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have already judged to be unsustainable.

Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Goodall Gondwe has since said 14-day ultimatum given by CSTU is not feasible and government will not act on it.

Gondwe said promotion is not demanded because “it will no longer be a promotion but a general salary increase.”

He said government cannot afford implementing  a general salary increase if civil servants too can be promoted.

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Mhuju
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Mhuju

DPP dug a new trench to fill an old one. Whoever advised APM to promote teachers and police only had done a very poor strategy. He or she should have known that the new trench dug would be more difficult to fill because its deeper than the one filled. I have often said that DPP politicians take Malawians for a ride. They still think they are sleepy. Now its position is like this. (1) It is indeed unsustainable to promote all deserving civil servants (2). IMF and WB would spit fire in DPP’s face if they effect the requested promotions… Read more »

Central
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Central

Kodi nanunso mafumu sitilaka yanu nanunso mukudikila chani? Ma promotions simukuona kuti amphweka amenewa……………………………!! This is time when all senior chiefs should strike to be paramount chiefs, GVHs to be TAs and VHs to be GVHs……………………………..! Naoni, naoni, naoni, naon a china mchacha okhaokha awa!! Boma ili muli zidude zokhazokha zosatha kuganiza………………………………. zimapeleka ma promotions as a campaign tool……………………………………………….!!

mtete
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mtete

I would label Chakwera’s accent FAKE were it one off. But the guy can go on and on with his fluent American accent English. That’s not fake to me. Koma enawa, ihh, ngati mkamwa muli marbles.

Duli
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Duli

I would call this kayakers we fake. Do you how short his stay was in the US to twist his tongue “permanently”? Late Dr. Kamuzu Banda lived in the US longer but his tongue maintained its integrity unlike the fake accent of the ex-reverend.

mtete
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mtete

I would label Chakwera’s accent were it one-off. But the guy can go on and on with his fluent American accent English. That’s not fake to me. Koma enawa, ihhh, ngati mkamwa muli marbles.

Lloyd Jiya
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Lloyd Jiya

CHONDE A BOMA TITHANDIZENI, SUKULU TINAPANGA UPGRADE SOME FOUR YEARS AGO KOMA NO ANY RECOGNITION. KODI MUKUFUNA KUZATIPANGA PROMOTE TITAFA?

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

30 yrs as a secretary taona zambili ,tagwila ncito maboma onse ndi ma bwana akulu akulu zeedi koma tili pompo tinayambilapo. Ana akutipeza kumatifusa amapanga bwanji ici nanga apa nditani. Zoopsa. Ndipo tikudzowa zisisi zambili za boma. Ma answer ena a nkhani za ndlama zabookazi tikuzidziwa tikingoyangana ndife madeya.

BigMan
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BigMan

There are no brains left in the DPP. Full of Madeya.

Did they really not foresee that these political promotions would lead them to anger the thousands that dont get promoted?

His Excellency Fake Accent Chakweta
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His Excellency Fake Accent Chakweta

Abhiti Kazhigheti who has been kukweredwa by fa k e accent and ec-reverend never promoted anyone. Today she is hiding ln EMUSIPI at a huge fee from the cashgate money. Chakwera skunyambita

Kaitano
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Kaitano

Kikkkkkk just promote them, why Joyce Banda in this? Kunva pheni kumeneko?

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
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Yasser Arafat Hamdani

Akutitu 10 years no promotion….including the Abhiti Kazhigeti accidental presidential era. Suunawerenge? Ukumva pheni ndiiwe.

Kwenda
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Kwenda

mwaziyamba dala give them what they want, enawa mwawapasa bwanji?

Ramsy
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Ramsy

Osamawaseweletsa anthu ogwila ntchito mu boma iyayi, amalandila zinyenyetswa kale ndi kale ndiye nkumawadodanso chonchi? Shame on u.

To CSTU, you have come out late why? The civil servants have suffered for 4 years without a mother to breast feed them on their grievances, should they trust?
Are you also not into politics?
Teachers were promoted without following proper procedures because their body reacted ndiye inu mukabwere lero why?
Nanunso ndinu anthu olephela ngati akumanani banz mukanangonena basi.