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MCTU calls off demos

The Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) has called off its planned nationwide demonstrations that were scheduled for this Thursday ,15 July.

Addressing members of the press in Lilongwe on the nationwide demos, the Union’s President Charles Kumchenga has revealed that they had an audience with President Lazarus Chakwera, where they raised their concerns.

Kumchenga has further revealed that the President has agreed not to assent to the amended law once it gets on his table.

The demonstrations were in reaction to the passing of the amended Labor Relations Law in the just ended sitting of parliament.

According to the Secretary General for MCTU Madalitso Njolomole, all they want is for President Chakwera not to assent to the law.

Last week, the MCTU held a vigil at parliament building to push parliamentarians not to table the bill, which is deemed to be a violation of worker’s rights.

Among other issues, the bill gives powers to employers to deduct money from an employer who goes on strike or is absent on duty without official leave.

The controversial No work No pay principle is however adopted by many International Labour Organisation-ILO member states.

But section 31 subsection 4 of the country’s constitution gives the workers freedom to stage a strike over work related issues.

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