Civil servants have all the reasons to smile following an agreement reached yesterday between the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) and Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) leaders to increase their salaries by an average of 12 percent effective July 1.
The agreement, reached in Lilongwe Wednesday, brings to an end weeks of negotiations between the two groups.
CSTU acting General Secretary Mabvuto Kaonga confirmed the development in an interview Wednesday.
Kaonga said although government employees were looking for a 15 percent average salary hike, they were impressed with the 12 percent offered by their employer.
“We are impressed with the outcome of the negotiations and we would like to tell all civil servants to work hard so that we take Malawi to the next level,” Kaonga said.
During Wednesday’s meeting, GNT was represented by Chairperson Patrick Matanda and Principal Secretary for the Department of Human Resources and Development Blessings Chilabade while CSTU leaders were accompanied by Teachers Union of Malawi (Tum) representatives.
Both Matanda and Chilabade were not immediately available for a comment.
Government spokesperson Gospel Kazako referred us to Labour Deputy Minister, Vera Kamtukule, who was not immediately available for comment.
In his 2021/22 National Budget presentation, Finance Minister Felix Mlusu did not explicitly talk about a salary hike for civil servants.
Mlusu only said the wages and salaries’ bill was projected at K436.3 billion, or 22 percent of the total budget pegged at K1.99 trillion.
“Wages and salaries are projected at K436.3 billion, representing 4.2 percent of the rebased GDP [gross domestic product]. This includes an amount of K20.3 billion which is earmarked for salary rationalisation and recruitment,” Mlusu said.