Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) employees have distanced themselves from reports that they are planning a countrywide electricity blackout.
There have been reports that employees at the electricity body will soon plunge Malawi into darkness to force government to hike their salaries by 45 percent.
However, secretary general for Escom workers union Joseph Kamwendo said the workers have not planned any strike but there are discussions between the workers and government officials.
Kamwendo was however quick to admit that there is a slight disagreement between the Escom employees and their bosses.
“Escom employees have not declared any strike. Whatever has been happening is negotiations and discussion on a misunderstanding on salary increment. “There is no issue of a planned blackout. What we know is that we had a disagreement with our employer, there is no strike and we are not also planning for it,” said Kamwendo.
He further pointed out that in time of a planned strike, Escom always issues a press release and he wondered why there are such reports considering that they did not issue any statement on the matter.
Meanwhile, Kamwendo says the workers will continue defending the need to increase their salaries and if there will be need for a strike, they will follow proper procedures.