BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)— Malawi President Peter Arthur Mutharika on Thursday, urged the Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) to work with the government in nation building.
Mutaharika made the remarks at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, where he had an audience with the MCTU leadership led by its President Luther Mambala.
Speaking before the trade union delegates, President Mutharika said it was a great pleasure for him to welcome the leadership of the MCTU at the Palace.
Mutharika then asked the MCTU leaders to be partners in developing the nation so that labourers should have a conducive environment to contribute to sustainable development.
“There is need for trade unions to be involved in nation-building, not destruction. The more stable a country is, the better working environment it becomes for labour and its value.
“You don’t need to always be adversarial when conveying your messages to your employers. Avoid disruptions, violence, and destruction of property when you are grieved,” the President said.
“Be dedicated to duty. Assist your employers attain the objectives of the company or organisation. Work hard, be punctual, and be responsible and be trusted. You are part of progress,” Mutharika added.
President Mutharika further said he looked forward to be updated on the programmes that the MCTU is doing for the improvement of labour relations in the country.
“As you all know, my Government established community colleges in order to improve knowledge and skills. We will have community technical colleges in all districts in this country. Skilled labour has higher value and is instrumental in the economic growth and development of a country,” said Mutharika.
The Malawi leader encouraged the MCTU, and all unions, to continue working with his government.
He told the MCTU delegation that his leadership delegated the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development to be the point of contact on daily basis.
On his part, MCTU President Mambala said the trade union is ready to work with the government in uplifiting the welfare of labourers in the country. He thanked the president for creating room for contact and dialogue, saying his leadership will make use of it for the betterment of the nation.