Staff at National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) have started an indefinite strike over of workplace grievances, including demand for pay rise for up to 45 percent.
Striking support staff spokesperson Jimukase Phiri told Nyasa Times that management effected a 10% salary increment in November 2014 but that was not enough.
Phiri said members of staff at NFRA are the list paid among all the statutory corporations.
On Monday, the management came to address the striking members of staff accusing them of engaging in illegal strike.
NFRA spokesperson Brenda Masanza confirmed that staff downed tools at the headquarters at Kanengo in Lilongwe and presented a petition full of workplace grievances, including demand for pay rise.
Masanza said the workers have been persuaded to resume work while negotiations are going on
Currently there is fear that relief exercise currently taking place in various parts of the country, following the floods which hit the country , might be affected since the World Food Programme tracks are denied entry into the premises to collect the maize.
ADMARC tracks are alsi denied entry to collect maize and distribute in their satellite depots.
Meanwhile, Phiri has disclosed that there is also another fear that maize might discolour due to undrained underground water.