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Luanar staff stage sit-in

Members of staff at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) are staging a sit-in to force university management to give them a 20 percent salary increment the authorities promised in May this year.

This follows a postponement of the strike in May after the university management gave the staff a 10 percent increment, promising to give them a 20 percent increment they demanded after three months.

Yesterday, the members of staff were seen playing games at Luanar, Bunda Campus. The same was happening at Natural Resources College (NRC) Campus.

In a letter dated May 18 2017 from the staff union addressed to the Vice Chancellor of Luanar and the Principal Secretary of Labour and Vocational Training, the staff members indicate their intentions to resume the strike.

“Our writing is to let management know that Luanar staff members met on September 14 and agreed to resume withdrawing labour starting Tuesday, September 7 2017,” reads part of the letter.

University Workers Trade Union (Bunda Chapter) President, Winchester Mvula, said the members of staff have decided to withdraw labour starting yesterday after their strike was put on hold because management agreed to give them an increment in three months.

Mvula said, if their demand is not met, they will continue withdrawing their labour.

“Council, through management, gave us a 10 percent increment in May on condition that they would address the remaining 20 percent in three months’ time and a special committee was instituted comprising ministries of Education, Labour and Treasury and, now, three months have elapsed.We have been patient and now it is high time they sorted us out,” he said.

Mvula further said they will keep on lobbying council, through management, and if there will be an offer that will satisfy them, they will call off the strike.

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