Apr 22, 2018 Last Updated 2:12 PM, Apr 20, 2018
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There is a possibility that Support Staff Members from the Universities under the University of Malawi will join the strike currently underway at Chancellor College.

Chanco Support Staff members downed tools on Tuesday demanding a 12 percent salary increment.

This dates back to 2017, when after talks, the University Council promised to be increasing their salary in phases, an agreement which the council failed to honour.

A meeting held between the Council and the Support Staff members failed to yield anything hence their decision to proceed with the strike.

Commenting on the issue General Secretary for the UNIMA Support Staff Union James Khando says they are not going back to work until their salaries are increased.

“We are meeting support staff members from the Polytechnic, Kamuzu College of Nursing and the College of Medicine where we will brief them of what transpired in the meeting we had with the University Council,” Khando added.

He further says out of the 25 percent salary increment they agreed with the Council they were given 13 percent last year remaining with 12 percent.

“University Council members have not been forthcoming to our discussions on the issue, they are showing interest for us to talk after we gave them notices that we will be on strike.

A fourth year student from Chanco who opted not to be named told Capital FM they are currently failing to access the library, laboratory and other services, as they are closed.

“Some of us are in forth year and we are doing research hence failing to access the library and the laboratory is greatly inconveniencing us.”

The student went on further urging the authorities to reach an agreement reached soon for the betterment of them all.

There was however no immediate comment from the University Council on the matter.

The University of Malawi Council is today expected to make known its position on the strike being staged by employees at one of its constituent colleges.

16 institutions of higher learning in Malawi have failed to pass the test to offer undergraduate and post-graduate programs.

Classes at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) are expected to resume on November 16 after a week-long closure due to a water crisis.

The high court in Malawi’s commercial city, Blantyre, will on October 19 start hearing a case in which the Polytechnic Students Union (PSU) is challenging the decision to hike tuition fees in public universities.

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