The management of Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has penned 22 of its members of staff notifying them that they have been transferred to other districts.
Ironically, all the 22 are members of a committee that represents Admarc staff.
Chairperson of the committee John Hassan confirmed yesterday that members of the committee which led a strike in March asking management to increase their salaries and improve their conditions of service have received transfer letters.
“I have also been transferred to Phalombe while some have been sent to Lilongwe, Ngabu, Balaka among other areas. The management is transferring us because we reminded them of a letter (Ref.NoC1/01/02/61) from the comptroller of statutory corporations that approved the 10.4 percent average salary increment and 15 percent average salary movement for Admarc staff which management has not yet implemented,” Hassan said.
However, Hassan said the 22 members of staff will not leave the head office in Limbe unless management resolves the issues which they raised.
“The committee was chosen to be talking with management on behalf of all members of staff; this is because we don’t have a Trade Union at Admarc so we are surprised that if we move out, who will the management be talking to whenever there are issues?” he said.
A letter from the department representatives of Admarc addressed to Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Margret Mauwa dated August 10 2017 which we have seen requests for an audience with the CEO to discuss several issues.
The issues include average salary increment of 10.4 percent for 2016/17 financial year, transfer of departmental representatives chosen by fellow members of staff, salary increment for 2017/18 financial year and salary re-alignment among others.
Mauwa could not answer her mobile phone when we called her yesterday to get her side of the story.
Another attempt to speak to Admarc’s Public Relations Officer Agness Chikoko proved futile as she cut the line off immediately this reporter introduced the subject to her.
On March 13, the workers took an industrial action calling on the dismissal of their management on grounds of “failure to properly run the corporation and improve their working conditions.”
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