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MCTU cautions employers, workers on partisanship

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By Faith Kamtambe:

Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) has said—as the 2019 presidential, parliamentary and local government elections approach—workers and employers should handle political issues in a sensitive manner.

“As a body that represents workers, we would like to indicate that there is need for a cordial relationship between employers and employees, particularly when we are drawing closer to elections.

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“There are instances where employees are fired just because of making a political comment or trying to make a comment that supports another political aspirant. I think this is not acceptable in the multiparty environment because there is freedom of expression and freedom to join any political party,” MCTU Secretary General, Dennis Kalekeni, said.

Kalekeni also urged public workers to tread carefully on politics.

“We have policies that do not allow someone to practise partisan politics and a good example is in the public sector. People working there are not supposed to show party colours.

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“On the other side, we would like to urge the government to be impartial in making determinations,” he said.

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