The government has announced a 45% salary increment to all civil servants. This comes at the backdrop of calls by the Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) and Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) for a 5O% salary increase. The groups are championing for the increase, after the government initially pegged the hike at 24%, which was rejected.
According to the director of Human Resource Management, Hilary Chimota’s, memo of October 14th , the government had approved the “revision of salaries for employees in the civil service with effect from October 1st 2014.” The memo was addressed to principal secretaries
This now means that on average, the lowest ranked civil servant will now receive a K40, 000 per month salary. Teachers and the Police mostly fall in this category.
Grade 1 civil servants will now get K200, 000 per month.
The new salary structure for top civil servants such as Directors and Principal Secretaries is not known.
Mainstream civil servants have been crying foul over low salaries, compared to workers in parastatal institutions, despite being pegged on the same grade.
Spokesperson in the Ministry, Nations Msowoya, told Capital FM that the increase will in no way affect the national budget. “You may wish to know that this is government’s deliberate move to harmonise monthly wages in the public sector and it’s a long term strategy.”
Elia Kamphinda Banda, president of the Civil Service Trade Union, has been pushing for the salary hike, saying “Civil servants in the country are lowly and poorly paid.”
The hike comes after the suspension of aid worth $150 million by donors since last year. In reaction, the government introduced a zero-aid budget, which has a deficit of K107 billion.