ADMARC Yet to Settle Salaries, Pension
Some fired and Skeleton staff for ADMARC have taken a swipe at their employer for failing to settle their dues for some months including the pension money.
One of the concerned staffs claims that they are yet to access their payments after working during the company's transition from August 2022 to April 2023, while pension was only paid to those that worked until 2011.
"ADMARC has failed to live to the pledges of settling their dues for some months including the pension money. This has affected our livelihoods, so we want our money," said one of the former employees.
The worker added, "the grain trader is also yet to pay the contract staff currently working from May to July 2023, a situation which has subjected them to economic misery."
However, Head of human resource and administration for the corporation, Ethel Zilirakhasu was yet to give a response on the matter.
Meanwhile, Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (ECAM) executive director, George Khaki said the association cannot intervene on the matter, but stressed the law provides that employers should settle the terminal benefits within seven days after the retrenchments and 14 days for pension money after submission to the pension administrator.
Khaki said, "where the employer is not following that, the laws encourages the employees to lodge a complaint with the labour office and proceed to seek legal redress if the conflict continues".
After laying off the entire workforce of 4000 plus workers in January last year, ADMARC hired 2000 skeleton staff to sell maize from September to December 2022 and re-engaged them from February to April and July 2023 to manage the transition process.