…demand equal salary
Striking has been noted to be the only way employees can force employers to address concerns of workers, hence the salary hike demand by prison warders in Malawi witnessed them boycotting duties on Friday.
According to reports, the warders want equal salary with Malawi Police officers and Immigration department staff who have been moved to Grade M in Malawi government system.
pThe warders are also demanding house and risk allowances arguing working in prison environment puts their lives at risk, as they are likely to have respiratory diseases.
Spokesperson for Malawi Prison Service Smart Maliro has acknowledged having some warders at Maula, Chichiri and Zomba prisons being on strike.
Maliro faulted the warders for not following procedures on their concerns arguing he was yet to receive official communication on the matter.
Civil servants in Malawi have also been on government’s neck demanding salary increment due to the rise of cost of living in the country.
University of Malawi lectures from Chancellor College (Chanco) are among public sector workers who have been demanding salary harmonisation from their employer following reports that College of Medicine (CoM) lectures get additional money for their services in public hospitals.