Health workers threaten nationwide strike over salary adjustments

By Chisomo Phiri

Health workers in public health facilities across the country have issued an ultimatum to the government, threatening to go on strike on Wednesday if their demands for salary adjustments are not met.

In a letter dated May 10, 2024, addressed to hospital directors and directors of health and social services, the health workers are  expressing their frustration over their current salaries, which they say are insufficient to meet their daily needs.

Health workers demanding Salary adjustments

“Our salaries are no longer enough to sustain us for the entire month.

“The recent devaluation has only made things worse, and we are struggling to pay our rent, buy basic commodities, and pay school fees for our children and siblings,” reads part of the letter.

According to the health workers, previous negotiations with the government have yielded no results, leaving them with no choice but to proceed with their nationwide strike.

“We will not entertain further meetings with officials from any ministry or political grouping on the same issue,” further reads the letter.

The strike, will involve health workers from public health facilities, including those working in Christian Health Association of Malawi(CHAM) facilities.


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