LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)- The Malawi Prison Service’s (MPS) warders on Tuesday called-off the nationwide strike, after Government assured the officers that it will harmonize the salaries in the Ministry.
This follows fruitful discussions Home Affairs Minister, Grace Chiumia held with the prison administration officers on Monday; this led to Government bowing to warders demands.
Malawi Prison Services spokesperson, Smart Maliro, said work resumed in some prisons facilities across the nation following the strike call-off.
Maliro down/played security lapses following the national-wide strike; he said some officers worked despite the dispute with authority over salary harmonization request by his sector.
Prison warders on Friday last week went on strike following disparities in salary scales adjusted for civil servants in the 2017/2018 national budget that Parliament passed last month.
In the circular dated July 4, 2017, Secretary for Human Resource Management and Development, Blessings Chilabade, disclosed that civil servants who have just been employed on Grade L, will get an annual salary of MK1,168,848, while those on Grade M will get MK1,013,976; the adjustment are effective July 1, 2017.
The MPS, which is one of the three departments in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security, in the new salary increment was to receive different salary structure from the Police and Immigration, even though the three sections undergo similar training and similar qualifications.
The most contentious issues was that a constable at the MAlawi Prison Service was on Grade M, while an officer of the same rank in the Malawi Police Service is on Grade L.
This means that with the current adjustment those that have been promoted to grade L would be carting away home MK95,000, up from MK75,000.
Therefore, prison warders were demanding adjustment of the grades, risk and house allowances.