Malawi College of Health Sciences workers down tools


By Audrey Kapalamula:

Malawi College of Health Sciences (MCHS) workers have embarked on a sit-in following the government and management’s failure to respond to demands delivered in August 2018.

The workers withdrew their services on August 13 2018 and gave the government a deadline of September 2018 to address issues of their pension arrears, group life cover and review salary structures.


A letter dated October 9 2018, signed by Worker’s Welfare Committee Chairperson, Hellen Mwafulirwa, accuses management of failing to remit pension to Nico Company by September 30, put members of staff on group life cover from July 2018, and for its laxity in ensuring that their proposed salary structure and conditions of service are discussed at all levels.

“We haven’t heard of any formal feedback from any of the parties apart from the time our colleagues in Lilongwe were just informed that the Executive Director has written Treasury to request for the money to sort out our arrears and group life insurance. As a committee, we don’t have any supporting documents so to us that is just hearsay,” she says.

On proposed new salary structure and conditions of service, Mwafulirwa said management has not been vigilant to take the matter before relevant stakeholders before budget review session.


“It is unfortunate to note that the documents have not been discussed at any level since they were submitted to management. We can foresee that the target will be missed as is the case with pension arrears. We are losing trust in management [six] by not taking a leading role in the proposed road map,” she said.

The workers have since vowed to shun work until their grievances are addressed. The strike, if not addressed as soon as possible, will affect students’ classes.

The college’s management is yet to comment on the matter.

But Ministry of Health and Population spokesperson, Joshua Malango, said, while the matter is under statutory corporations, they are interested in having the college operating normally.

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