Malawi government has finally swallowed its pride and succumbed to demands by Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) to, among others things, pay all promoted teachers’ wages.
Teachers from public secondary and primary schools in Malawi threatened to go on a nationwide strike following unresolved issues with the Ministry of Education Science and Technology.
The strike was scheduled for Monday 9th May, 2016 but has since been suspended after government agreed to meet all the demands by June 30th, 2016.
TUM Secretary General Denis Kalekeni said the government has agreed to pay all promoted teachers starting May and the last group in June, in addition, it will offer transport to all teachers transferred to rural areas.
Kalekeni has however warned that they will stage the strike once government fails to meet its promises.
In March this year TUM gave government a 24 days ultimatum to resolve the issues or endure the industrial action.
TUM singled out six grievances which ranges from immediate Promotion and salary adjustment of teachers promoted in 2013 to Grade TJ (PT2), immediate adjustment of salaries for all teachers promoted in 2013 to Grade TK (PT3), payment of leave grant for fiscal year 2015/16 to all secondary school teachers, payment of March 2015 salaries to teachers who were omitted and many more.
TUM further blamed government’s failure to demonstrate its commitment to pay the teachers who were erroneously omitted from March 2015 salary.