Mon 11 to Tue 12 Feb 2013

Malawi civil servants may strike over unmet welfare demands

Malawi has been struggling under dire economic circumstances

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Civil servants may go on a two day strike over unmet welfare demands and the failure of the Government's Negotiating Team (GNT) to provide a tangible offer during a meeting between representatives of the two groups.

President of the Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) Eliah Kamphinda Banda confirmed in an interview that they failed to reach an agreement with the GNT during the meeting, which was also attended by the National Organisation of Nurses (Nonm).

"No agreements so far have been made as government's side say them would like to consult on the demands CSTU and Nonm have tabled. Civil servants have advised us not to call off the stay away until the demands have been met," Kamphinda Banda said.

Last month, citizens  gathered to protest against over the escalated cost of living in the country, which has been suffering under economic hardships.

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