Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—Police have tightened security at Capitol Hill in Lilongwe where civil servants have converged for their stay-away.
The disgruntled workers on Wednesday blocked roads leading to Capitol Hill and have since dubbed Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs premises, where they have clustered, as “Freedom Park”.
Civil Service Trade Union (CSTU) president Elijah Kamphinda Banda said the workers won't relent in their demands for good working conditions and salaries.
Kamphinda Banda said they were also irked by a media statement, which was released Monday and reportedly written jointly CSTU and the government negotiating team, stating that the stay-away has been called off.
He said they (civil servants) will likely meet whether to engage an “extra gear” if government fails to address their demands.
However, civil servants in the northern region haven't joined the stay-away, saying they are waiting for official communication from their mother body, CSTU in Lilongwe.
Earlier, the northern region CSTU chapter accused the main body of sidelining them, but Kamphinda Banda described the stay-way as a “national thing” for civil servants across the country.
© The Maravi Post 2013