Luanar rebuffs staff on 20% salary hike
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) management has said it is not going to give striking members of staff a 20 percent salary increment they are demanding.
Luanar Vice Chancellor, George Kanyama-Phiri, told that the university’s council is considering the staffs’ concern but could not commit on the 20 percent salary hike
Kanyama-Phiri, however, said he expects discussions with the striking members to end in the next three days.
“We met with council and we are still discussing the increment but it cannot be the 20 percent [which staff are demanding],” he said.
Last week, staff at Luanar started a sit-in in bid to force the university management to effect the 20 percent salary hike which the staff claim was promised to them in May this year.
Luanar Staff Union President, Francis Maguza-Tembo, said, as a union, they will only comment on their next course of action once they receive a formal written response from the management.
The strike is likely to affect the university’s academic calendar as the next semester is expected to start on October 23.
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