ESCOM to go on strike

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Staff of the worst performer of the year Electricity Supply Corporation on Malawi (ESCOM) have indicated that they are going on a strike starting from next month, 1 December 2015.

In a statement that the union of the workers has published in one of the daily papers, the members of the union will be downing their ineffective tools from 1 December following disagreements they have with their management over the plans to disband the corporation.

Escom Malawi load-shedding

ESCOM downing tools

The Malawi government has said that it will disband ESCOM into two so as to make it effective. According to the press statement, ESCOM workers fear that with the disband comes a loss of work which they want to avert.

It is said that members of staff asked government to assure them of their jobs but ESCOM management has not and thereby forced them to start the process of lodging a complaint with the Ministry of Labour which has also not helped them.

ESCOM says that it is for that reason that they have served a notice to the public notifying that they will be downing tools after 30 November.

Malawi currently experiences the worst power shortages in history, a situation that has made people wonder what job ESCOM does which they are threatening to not offer in the event that their concerns are not addressed.

“I thought ESCOM was already on strike,” a social commentator jokingly posted on Facebook in reaction to the statement.

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  1. A fisi inu lero mukumva kuwawa mmayetsa mumangomvoneredza chilichonse tikweze magetsi nyoooo,tisinthe ma meter nyooooooo.Akutchotseni muyambe kuba OIL kuchita ma bypass tikulandirani

  2. HESCOM DRAMA GROUP tikakumana ku strike komweko. Komonso mwezi ukamatha mabilu amagesi musazabweretse mmanyumba mwathumu muzikawasiya ku statehouse mbwiyache mwamva?

  3. Ndiye bwino ifenso tikukuwuzaninso kuti tikhalanso pastrike yoposa yanuyo, nkhondo ya mumdima ndiyowopsa ndithu. Zipangizo zanu zonse zitha ndithu tizichotsa. Muzilanga nokha kapena mwina mukuyetsela zida tayetsani muwone chinameta nkhanga mpala mutu

  4. Ndiye bwino apaseni mpata azanu ogulitsa makala, makandulo, matochi, masolar nawonso agulitse abale. Ubwino wake kuli amwedzi. Koma ziwani izi muzisowa mtendere wamumtima chifukwa dzikoli silanu liri ndi mwini wake mulungu sangatisiye kuti tizunzike.

  5. Useless organisation, poor perfomance, poor leadership, poor country, go on strike becoz we are already in darkness everyday so there is no any differenciation inter you go whether or not. And also mr president has no effort of rulling this malawi,

  6. Moti nthawi yonseyi magesi amazima zida zili mmanja mwanumo? Sitisiyanisapo kanthu ife tinazolowera. Koma mwakweza mitengo posachedwapa ndiye mufuna munyanyale mukwapulidwa muchenjere. Tikupezani mmakomo mwanu mmodzimodzi tichita nanu. Mwajaila palibe zokunyengererani.

  7. even if they strike or not, we see them not working at all to make sure there is light allday! not just the perishing towards light allday! it makes me sick and for the umpteenth time thank jb!

  8. even if they strike or not, we see them not working at all to make sure there is light allday! not just the perishing towards light allday! it makes me sick and for the umpteenth time thank jb!

  9. Kodi mufuna bwanji ndalama zambiri pamene ku Malawi kulibe magetsi? Bola mudzangotiyatsira magetsiwo inu nkupita mmakwanu, tidzakuthandizani koma kupanda apo ndiye mumenyedwatu.

  10. kodi mukuona ngati ndinu ofunika? magesi angozima ndie ntchito mumagwira inu ndi iti pamenepa? mayb mupange strike kuti magesi asazazime

  11. Escom Magetsi Mwakweza Then Mukupanga Strike Mukut Titan?Vuto Mukuwapatsa Zonyenyeka Ogwila Ntchitowo Anyamata! Dulan Mawaya Anuwa Tisamawaonenso Poor Malaw Escom

  12. Joke of the century,how can u xtend ur strike for a year? U started strike in january this so dnt tel us u were working..stupid thnking!

  13. Magetsi akazima mukuti zonsezi ndi president. Mukalephera kunyera mu toilet, mukuti peter. Mukanyera pambali pa chimbudzi mukuti zonsezi ndi peter. Mukalephera school mukuti peter, mukalephera kusamala pakhomo panu monga mwa udindo wanu, mukuti peter. Inuyo ndinu anthudi ? Ndinu mbuzi za anthu, agalu betere!

  14. That’s really stupid Escom workers to go to media and say that they are downing tool because government wants to disband the cooperation.

    Do you (the workers) feel you are much important at this moment to the Malawians who you can only manage to supply power just a quarter of a day?

    Nobody is not getting threatened with your notice guys. What Malawi is curiously looking forward to is the booting out of you-the hypocrites of all the government companies.

    We challenge you that if Escom breaks, Malawi will be back to light again. Down your tool and leave the power on or else we shall be on the switch ourselves.

    We are tired of you there.

  15. Does Escom have workers?Bravo govt disband the so called Escom its becoming useless.Let them down tools and see how many University students are going to grab the positions and really use their knowledge to the Max.DISBAND IT

  16. ESCOM yabowa iyi! kuba too much! koma aliyenxe kumeneko afuna kuyendera galimoto ya brand new, pamene magetsi odula amablackout oxayamba!

  17. Blackout Supply Cooperation Of Malawi – BSCOM. Towards Blackout All Day, Everyday! How can you attract foreign investors when you are supplying blackout all day. What a useless organisation.

  18. Kodi a Police ndi Asilikari atapanga strike zinthu zingakhale bwanji? Musamadzifunukiritse mwamva. Pangani tiona ngati mumwe madzi mesa a Water Board amapopela magetsi.