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Malawi public schools teachers back to class Tuesday after suspending strikes over Covid-19 risk allowance

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi public school teachers from primary and secondary are expected to be back in class on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 following their mother body Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) suspended the national sit over Covid-19 risk allowances.

The teachers had been staying away from work since last week and government applied for an injunction to end the strike.

However,on Monday, April 12, 2021 TUM and government reached an agreement for teachers to return to work and government to end its pursuit for a court order.

TUM president Willy Malimba therefore urged all teachers to report to work Tuesday.

Consent order TUM and Government

The teachers’ body and government however will continue conducting negotiations on the teachers’ demands for Covid-19 allowances.

Teachers started their strike in March this year when they stayed away from work for two weeks demanding MK35,000 in Covid-19 allowances for each teacher.

The strike was suspended after government agreed to give teachers money meant for procurement of their personal protective equipment.

However, the teachers resumed their stake last week after government failed to fulfill its promise.

Consequently, Tonse government sought court injunction stopping teachers sit-in couple with threats that those would not go back to work they were not to be paid April payment.

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