Trouble in Malawi! Teachers to hold nationwide strike

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Teachers in the country have warned that they will hold a nationwide strike if government continues to subject them to poor working conditions.

This has been revealed in a letter by Teachers Union of Malawi (Tum) released on Tuesday, April 19 and addressed to principal secretary in the ministry of education.

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Malawi teachers hint on a strike.

According to the letter which has been signed by Tum president Chauluka Muwake, secretary general Denis Kalekeni, and treasure Island Mtambo, the teachers will hold a strike from Monday May 9 if government does not resolve their grievances.

The teachers – both primary and secondary school teachers – say they first raised their grievances through the ministry of education on March 17 this year.

Among the issues raised, TUM has cited failure by government to raise salaries of teachers who were promoted to Grade TJ (PT2) in 2013.

TUM has also expressed concern that teachers who got promoted in 2013 were forced to use their own transport in order to report at their new workplaces.

“To expect the teachers to transport themselves is totally inhuman and unacceptable by all teachers. We therefore demand that the teachers be provided with transport and award them their hard earned promotion or promote them while working in their initial schools as you grapple with their transport logistics,” reads part of the letter.

In addition, the body has asked the government to consider secondary school teachers’ leave grants for fiscal year 2015/16 as well as the long outstanding issue of their salary arrears which has not yet been resolved for years.

The union has also demanded government to pay March 2015 salaries to teachers who were erroneously omitted.

TUM says there has been no visible action yet on the matter even though the body has been trying to rectify the problem.

Meanwhile, TUM has advised government to get ready for the strike which the union says will only call off if their grievances are heard.

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  1. I fully support the strike, its about time youvguyd got unionised,if not, mudzingobvutika choncho. Please let other civil servants join in and poverise the whole country. Malawi has always treated its workers poorly. Respect the workers so productivity will be upheld

  2. Go ahead teachers and dont be afrad coz u’re very important peaple all over the world.who is apolitician at all.

  3. just drop tools down,,and look other options,,,,being teacher now day,,its like ur desperate looking altenativ way to survive ,,,otherwise its not worthy enough

  4. just drop tools down,,and look other options,,,,being teacher now day,,its like ur desperate looking altenativ way to survive ,,,otherwise its not worthy enough

  5. no strike for teachers for tum officials are fighting for their personal issues, so they want teachers to help them. i, personally, do not see their importance. no wonder it’s teachers’ union of mulanje not malawi.

  6. no strike for teachers for tum officials are fighting for their personal issues, so they want teachers to help them. i, personally, do not see their importance. no wonder it’s teachers’ union of mulanje not malawi.

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  8. Malawi24 kodi school yautolankhani yomwe munapita ndiiti?Malawi hv approximately 78,000 teachers both in public primary & secondary school but only 37,000 who are under TUM ndiomwe aopseza kuti akhala pa-strike if their grievancez are not held…try 2 tel the world the truth osati zaboza.

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  10. Yes open your eyes now enough is enough is not good teacher getting salary 18,000.00 per month they are working hard job to develop our country to make like other countries pls go on I’m with u teachers is our second parents .

  11. Yes open your eyes now enough is enough is not good teacher getting salary 18,000.00 per month they are working hard job to develop our country to make like other countries pls go on I’m with u teachers is our second parents .

  12. So where is trouble there? Don’t lead people to a thorn path you Malawi 24. As we are talking now, teachers in South Africa are on their match for their grievances also. Is it Malawi? Or can we say South Africa is in trouble?

  13. So where is trouble there? Don’t lead people to a thorn path you Malawi 24. As we are talking now, teachers in South Africa are on their match for their grievances also. Is it Malawi? Or can we say South Africa is in trouble?

  14. So where is trouble there? Don’t lead people to a thorn path you Malawi 24. As we are talking now, teachers in South Africa are on their match for their grievances also. Is it Malawi? Or can we say South Africa is in trouble?

  15. So where is trouble there? Don’t lead people to a thorn path you Malawi 24. As we are talking now, teachers in South Africa are on their match for their grievances also. Is it Malawi? Or can we say South Africa is in trouble?

  16. hahahaaa mkazi ndinalinaye std 8 de one who refuse to show me her breast today she was feeding her baby next to me in de tax (my business)

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  18. Ndine ujeni! ujeni ha!ha!ha! ujeni, okey! on a serious note; Strike yainu sindiopsa because you’re toothless. akanakhala achipatala ndiye.

  19. often times I take my time to think of the governnce structure that Malawi adopted it is sadden to learn that Teachers whom happens to nurture the Human resource that the country is enjoying its fruits from all sectors of the society there welfare leaves a lot to be desired ,,,the problem in my view is how priorities are being handed to we need a cream of technocrats to champion the policies and strategies that will bring satisfaction to the needs of our Teachers thus from the ministerial portfolio needs reforms,,,,Teachers in sister countries earn more as compaired to mother Malawi and this will still attributes to poor standards of education

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  21. do not forget the self upgraded teacher who have not been promoted iwe chi TUM iwe u only stand for primary school teachers bwanji?

  22. Go on Teachers, Govt has more than enough to pay you. You taught politicians in primary schools and today they steal your money.If Dpp could send over a 100 people with Dpp sendela Women to UN just for shopping, what more with Teachers who are first Tools for Developments.This absurd Govt which doesnt know priories is a waste of our time.Go ahead Teachers pump in sense in this Dull Peoples Party,DPP.

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