Written by MANENO CHIMULALA
MZUZU--After a strike lacked overwhelming support, Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) chairperson, Elisa Kamphinda Banda, has asked civil servants to converge at Capital Hill on Tuesday.
“We are happy that civil servants today have done what we asked them to do. The only problem was that civil servants were getting two different messages regarding the strike. Some media houses were calling it “stay away” while others were calling it “sit in”.
"Now we are asking civil servants to converge at Capital Hill. We are not happy with the way the chairperson of the government negotiating team, Dr. McPhail Magwira, is handling the issue. We will let government know that Magwira is wrong choice,” said a highly charged Kamphinda in an interview with local media.
Meanwhile, CSTU Mzuzu Chapter has accused the headquarters of sidelining them in the strike.
According to chairperson of the chapter, Steve Munyenyembe, the CSTU headquarters didn’t formally inform them about the strike. They heard it through the media.
“Basically, we are concerned with the way the headquarters has treated the matter,” said Munyenyembe. “Despite the communication breakdown, we are in full support of the strike because civil servants are really suffering. Prices of commodities have gone up but salaries are still the same and indeed something must be done by government, hence the strike is very important."
(c) The Maravi Post 2013