By: Happy Arnold Soko
Barely a week after opening, lectures in the University of Malawi are going on a sit in from tomorrow, March 21; The Malawi Star has been reliably informed.
This follows failure by government to pay lectures an agreed salary increment that was approved in 2015.
Last year July, the Malawi government approved to pay UNIMA lectures 15% with arrears but until now nothing has happened.
According to the source close to this publication, the last time lectures got an increment was in 2013.
“The other colleges are led by unions and are required to serve 21 days notice before any industrial action. We at Polytechnic are led by an Association and are not bound. So ours start anytime,” said the source.
There are fears that the university might be closed indefinitely due to poor funding that has been allocated to the education sector.
Last year unions wanted 30% increment but after lengthy negotiations government finally settled for 15 but didn’t even honor the agreement.