Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) security officers from different districts in the Southern Region blocked the entrance to the regional offices in Blantyre Tuesday morning demanding their overtime allowances arrears.
According to the workers, they have accumulated an amount of close to K110 000 each over the past two years.
The Daily Times found Admarc management locked up in a meeting inside the premises while the workers camped outside the entrance with tree branches blocking the entrance to the offices.
The security officers further claimed that their fellow officers at the headquarters were getting K8,000 as an allowance amount when they work on public holidays while they only get K3,000.
“At one point we engaged our seniors who acknowledged that they indeed are supposed to give us our K5,000. We have met them twice but it has been long since then, no action has been taken,” said one of the security officers.
When asked to comment, senior officials at the state grain trader referred this reporter to Admarc spokesperson, Agnes Ndovie, who said there was a misunderstanding between the management and the workers but that the issue had been addressed.
“The disagreement was that they didn’t agree on when to start paying them, so that has been sorted out and they are back to work now,” Ndovie said Tuesday evening and added that the workers will be paid through their monthly salaries.
The same yesterday, workers at Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) also stormed their Blantyre offices demanding a five percent pay increment.
Some of the workers, who opted for anonymity, have indicated that they were supposed to start receiving the adjusted monthly salary last year, but that never happened.
They further revealed that they had started receiving the additional amount arrears the same Tuesday after engaging relevant authorities and that business was back to normal.
Mathews Kasanda is a Journalist who has recently joined Times Group Newsroom as an Intern. He is an outstanding media practitioner and in 2014, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.