Bangwe Weaving Factory Workers Down Tools
Workers at Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) have embarked on an open-ended strike in an attempt to force management to increase their wages.
Secretary for MACOHA Textile Workers Union Rejoice Nahuru told Zodiak on Monday afternoon that they have decided to conduct a sit-in to push authorities to urgently pay them their notch money and increase wages to meet rising cost of living.
“We are complaining over our salaries not being increased and the notch which is included in our condition of service that we have not yet received.
“We wanted to express our grievances and to be heard by government because the money we are receiving has not been increased yet prices of basic commodities are rising daily.
“Our salaries have not been reviewed despite the government issuing a twelve percent increase on its parastatals,” said Nahuru.
MACOHA Public Relations Officer Harriet Kachimanga says the management is engaging the staff and the government to find a way forward.
“Management has sat down with the workers to address the issue and told them that the increment and the notch cannot be effected now because funding from the government has not been increased.
“So, management is engaging the government now to lobby for an increase in funding during the budget review,” she said.
The strike is coming at a time when the Bangwe Weaving Factory is undergoing renovations in order to boost productivity.