MHC Workers Down Tools Over Salary Increment
Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) workers have embarked on a nationwide strike to force the board to address their pension and salary structure issues.
MHC Concession Workers’ Union General Secretary, Rachel Pilirani Nakomalimbe, has revealed to Zodiak that they had written a letter to management and board to address the raised issues by Thursday 30 September.
Nakomalimbe said they got a response from the board which rebuffed their requests forcing them to down tools until their grievances were addressed.
“It is true, I am not at the office but I have heard people at the office have closed the gate.
“We have had long standing issues and they include the meritorious awards for the year 2020-2021, we have salary structural issues, salary increment issues which the government has approved but have not been implemented.
“On top of that we have pension issues which include pension contributions, pension cover, pension migration from previous pension administrator to the current administrator.
“We wrote management including the board so we served them a letter giving them up to 30 September at least to sort out some issues but they responded on the 30th saying they cannot sort these issues right now,” explained Nakomalimbe.
She highlighted that the existing issues are too much and the response from the board is the reason why the workers have embarked on the strike.
“People are protesting now in response to what the board said yesterday. So, people are very angry because they are accusing the board of spending too much on themselves but failing to address their issues. This is what I can say right now,” she added.
Public Relations Officer for MHC Ernestina Lunguzi has said the board is holding discussions and will address the workers by the end of day.
“Right now, the issue is still under discussion at board level, and the workers are waiting for the outcome. In case of management there is also a discussion concerning the issues the workers have raised. The staff should be addressed by the end of the day,” explained Lunguzi.
The MHC workers strike has come at the same time that truck drivers across the country were striking over non-implementation of salary hikes which has spanned over the week.