World Vision Malawi staff stage strike over pay feud

About 500 employees of the Christian international non-governmental organisation World Vision Malawi (WVM) from across the country on Tuesday staged a walkout in an ongoing row over pay.

The strike centres on for a salary increment which has not been implemented for six years and failure to roll out fixed term contracts.

The workers gathered at the  WVN head office in Lilongwe accusing management of not taking action  on their demands even ignoring the Malawi Industrial Relations Court  ruling and felt they had little option but to strike.

The workers also accuse management of cheating them by substituting a requirement for annual salary review with a temporary periodic cushioning allowance which ends up being taxed and has eventually been withdrawn from staff salaries.

“Staff body in this petition demands salary increase of 80 percent effective 1st October 2013, to cater for cost of living for the 6 years gone without adjustment. This salary adjustment must not be confused with performance based remuneration,” the petition presented to management reads in part.

WVM management has since urged he employees to return to negotiating table .

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