18 December 2014
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‘Labour Sector strategic priority to drive productive economy’ - Mussa

Mangochi, December 17, 2014, Mana: Minister of Labour and Manpower Development, Henry Mussa says Government designated the labour sector as a strategic and priority area to champion job creation and skills development. Mussa said government decided to embark on the initiative considering that a skilled labour force contributes to economic growth and improved living standards of the whole nation. “The country’s leadership has elevated the ministry of labour to a strategic and priority sector to champion job creation through skills development for employment creation to effectively contribute to socio – economic development of the country,” Mussa said. Mussa said the development was an opportunity for social partners to translate the political will into reality and demonstrate to Malawians the centrality of labour and employment in the national development.    Mussa: A strike is supposed to be staged only after all peaceful means of settling a dispute have failed.   He was speaking Tuesday in Mangochi when he opened a three – day National Tripartite Social Dialogue Forum with representatives from the Government, Malawi Congress of Trade Union and Employers Consultative Association of Malawi under the theme, ‘Leveraging the human resource to drive a productive economy.’ The Minister observed that major players in the labour industry were the government, employer and employee who were supposed to be meeting on a mutual understanding to discuss on how to improve labour relations for a more productive nation. Mussa pointed out that not a long time ago there was a lot of confrontational in labour related issues which was now a thing of the past due to harmonized resolutions, structured discussions dealing with challenges companies or employers were facing. “The bottom in all this is that government would like to see more productivity in the labour sector and particularly how the labour industry would contribute to the socio – economic growth of the country,” he added. Commenting on the recent spate of strikes, Mussa while expressing government’s concern over the increasing number of sit – ins, described most the industrial strikes as illegal. He said while the law under section 45 of the Labour Relations Act provides for the right to strike, it was clear that strikes were supposed to be a last resort. He said section 47 prohibits employer of employee carrying on or engaged in an essential service not to strike or lock – out in connection with such essential services. Meanwhile, the employees of the Judiciary and the Anti – Corruption Bureau are currently on strike. “A strike is supposed to be staged only after all peaceful means of settling a dispute have failed. It is the responsibility of everyone to promote workers education and awareness campaign so that workers and trade union leaders understand Labour Relations Act,” Mussa emphasised. On this note, Mussa disclosed that labour ministry officials would make a presentation on the yet to be established government Community Technical Colleges across the country which are aimed at promoting skills development for socio – economic national and poverty reduction. President of Malawi Congress of Trade Union, Chauluka Muwake threatened that the Union would soon publish all employers who were exploiting their employees by naming and shaming to force them in a bid to force them to improve working conditions of workers. “Naturally, trade unions are interested in productivity because it turns out to have an effect on the economy. We cannot talk of poverty reduction when there’s disproportionate wealth between an employer and employee,” Muwake noted. Muwake also echoed Mussa on strikes, calling on concerned parties to pursue other ways of striking a common understanding to avoid bringing the economy on its knees, saying: “the economy cannot grow if we all choose to go on strike.” Employers Consultative Association of Malawi President, Emmanuel Banda ECAM has noted with pride that government has put measures to limit misuse of public resources following the Cashgate, saying the stringent measures will bring confidence in public finance management. However, Banda appealed to government to consider investing in Small and Medium Enterprises which were facing teething problems like capitalization and costing, noting that the manufacturing sector could play a very crucial role in ensuring that the country has high exportable goods to grow the economy and sustain employment.


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CABINET MINISTERS DEFER SALARY INCREMENT

Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers have joined President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima in deferring the implementation of the proposed salary increments until the economy recovers. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe made the announcement on Thursday afternoon at the Ministry's offices at Capital Hill in Lilongwe. Gondwe who was accompanied by Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa, said there will be no question of arrears and it should be considered as total cancellation as it stands at the moment. "It is very difficult to say when exactly the economy will be back on track. Everything on the normalisation of our economy is being done on projections. It is high time we put a strong system in place. A system that will reduce and end fraud and corruption. It should not be business as usual," explained Gondwe. The Finance Minister further said the successes that will be celebrated in future is dependent on the reforms that the government is doing at the moment. Gondwe added: "We need to change our way of doing things in the civil service. Civil servants with similar qualifications and positions should receive the same salaries regardless of their respective ministries." The President earlier last week deferred the salary increment in solidarity with Malawians, who are presently undergoing very tough economic hardship. President Mutharika and his Government pledge to continue working tirelessly to bring the confidence of the country’s development partners back into the economy and improve the living standards of ordinary Malawians.


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MUTHARIKA DEFERS SALARY INCREMENT FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) would like to advise the people of Malawi that His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, has deferred implementation of his proposed salary increment and that of the Vice President, Right Honourable Saulos Klaus Chilima, until the country’s economy recovers. The OPC wishes to further advise that while the proposed salary increase may be justified, the President has decided to forego the increase at this time. The President made this decision in solidarity with Malawians, who are presently undergoing very tough economic hardship. The President assures the Nation that he has people’s best interest at heart and he fully appreciates the suffering that ordinary Malawians are going through as a result of the suspension of aid by the country’s bilateral donors due to massive looting of public resources (Cashgate) at Capital Hill. President Mutharika and his Government pledge to continue working tirelessly to bring the confidence of the country’s development partners back into the economy and improve the living standards of ordinary Malawians.     George Mkondiwa
CHIEF SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT
6th December, 2014


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PRESIDENT CONDOLES FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF BALAKA FATAL ACCIDENT

Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika President of the Republic of Malawi deeply regrets the fatal road accident involving Malawi Police Service Officers that happened today, 6th December 2014 at Chiyendausiku 2 in Balaka District, involving motor vehicle registration MP 2252 Toyota Land cruiser where nine (9) officers died in the course of duty. The President and Government extends their deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this fatal accident, the Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service, all Police Officers and Civilian Staff and the nation. Government pledges its support in this trying time to the bereaved families. Government further wishes to inform Malawians that those involved in this fatal accident are: Senior Superintendent Kasowanjete Inspector Namizinga Sub-Inspector Mhango Driver Sergeant Gondwe Sergeant Njikho Sergeant Mulenga Constable Chimenya Constable Sekelani Chilenje Constable Triza Mphande May the souls of all the victims rest in eternal peace Kondwani Nankhumwa, M.P.
Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture
06TH December 2014  


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PRESS RELEASE: DELAYED NOVEMBER 2014 SALARIES FOR SOME CIVIL SERVANTS

The Government of Malawi wishes to inform the general public as well as Civil Servants that salaries were generally processed on time. Most Civil Servants started accessing their monthly pay by 27th November, 2014, the official pay day. However, there might be a slight delay in the payment of salaries for some Civil Servants because of a technical problem with the Government Payment System at the Malawi Switch Centre (MALSWITCH).This is the system which is used to transmit payment data from Government to Commercial Banks through Reserve Bank of Malawi. Due to the technical problem at MALSWITCH which occurred on the eve of the 25th November 2014, the Accountant General Department resorted to manually and physically transferring salaries to commercial banks. This initiative was necessary to minimise the delays that would have arisen. The Government sincerely regrets this sad occurrence and assures the affected Civil Servants that every effort is being taken to ensure that they access their November 2014 salaries, latest by 8th December 2014. Government further wishes to inform the general public that in an isolated instance, some files from Ministry of Education, Science and Technology were duplicated whilst manually amalgamating the salaries files. The issue has been noted and corrective action taken to normalise the duplicates.  Government would like to re assure the general public and Civil Servants in particular, that the Payment System has been rectified and is now undergoing validation tests to ensure timely payment of future salaries.   Ronald Mangani
SECRETARY TO TREASURY 05 December 2014


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‘Labour Sector strategic priority to drive productive economy’ - Mussa

CABINET MINISTERS DEFER SALARY INCREMENT

MUTHARIKA DEFERS SALARY INCREMENT FOR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

PRESIDENT CONDOLES FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF BALAKA FATAL ACCIDENT

PRESS RELEASE: DELAYED NOVEMBER 2014 SALARIES FOR SOME CIVIL SERVANTS

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