Nurses and Supporting Staff under Christian Health Association of Malawi who are members of National Organizations for Nurses and Midwives (NONM) in the country have today started their strike to force government to pay them their unpaid revised salaries and leave grants.
The strikes comes following the expiry of the seven-days ultimatum issued last week read to the Press and delivered to the government by NONM President Dorothy Ngoma.
In the ultimatum, NONM wanted government to immediately pay CHAM nurses their unpaid revised salaries which dates back from October last year including leave grants. Apart from this, NONM also asked government through Ministry of Health to write a commitment that it will be treating CHAM nurses equal as government nurses.
But government has failed to meet these demand hence the strike.
NONM Director Haliet Bwanali confirmed of the strike in an interview with Faceofmalawi, CHAM nurses will only go back to work if the government of Malawi meets their demands.
“I can confirm that all CHAM nurses country wide have started the sit-in today to press government to pay them their new dues. This issue started a long time ago but the government could not listen to our grievances hence the strike,” said Bwanali.
On his part, CHAM Director Mwai Makoka said the process to settle for unpaid salaries and leave grants for the CHAM nurses is currently in progress and that by next week the nurses will have their dues in their account.
Makoka, however said he was surprised to hear that some nurses in CHAM hospitals are striking.
On Friday,Chairman for CHAM father Peter Mulomole pleaded with some nurses in the Southern Region and Central Region who were on strike to go back to work and save life.
Meanwhile officials from government are yet to comment on the strike started by CHAM nurses countrywide.