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MCTU applauds Tum for U-turn

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Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) has applauded Teachers Union of Malawi (Tum) leadership for taking heed of the government’s call to suspend its strike while teachers’ concerns are being looked into.

Tum leaders Thursday announced the suspension of teachers’ strike pending the outcome of discussions between the government and the union.

Speaking at press briefing in Lilongwe, Tum Second Vice President Rehema Haridi said the suspension of the strike follows commitments President Lazarus Chakwera made during the meeting he had with union leaders at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe earlier in the week.

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“The President assured us that he understands that the teaching industry is one of the largest in the Civil Service; that, as President of this country, he is committed to serving Malawians in everything and, in response to the Covid risk allowance issue, the President directed the Presidential Taskforce on Covid to deliberate on the issue,” she said.

Meanwhile, MCTU has, in a press statement which Secretary General Denis Kalekeni signed Thursday, lauded Tum for calling off the strike.

“It is for this reason that MCTU joins the leadership of Tum in urging all the teachers in public schools to resume work and go back to class while dialogue continues to take its course,” he said.

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Kalekeni said, in this regard, MCTU undertakes a pivotal role of engaging both the government and the leadership of Tum in ensuring that dialogue continues to take place in good faith for a prospective win-win outcome.

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