May 18, 2021

TUM Calls Off Teachers Strike

The Teachers Union of Malawi [TUM], has suspended the national-wide teachers strike in form of Stay Away which started on 6th April, 2021.

The suspension of strike is following a signed Consent Order between TUM leadership and Government to postpone the court case in which Ministry of Education applied for an injunction against the strike at the Industrial Relation Court in Lilongwe.

In the statement released on 12th April, 2021 signed by its President, Willy Malimba, TUM and government have agreed to postpone the case paving way for amicable negotiations around the teachers’ demand for a cash package for personal protective equipment [PPEs] amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

TUM is therefore advising all the public primary and secondary school teachers as well as TTC Lecturers to report for work on Tuesday, 13th April, 2021. …….’’TUM leadership will update the general public on the negotiations in the due course,’’…….reads the statement in part.

Meanwhile, a secondary school teacher in Lilongwe Urban, Mrs. Loveness Kalinda Banda says teachers in Malwi have lost public trust with the Tonse Government and its leadership of President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.

Kalinda has thanked teachers for demonstrating a United we Stand, Divided we fall philosophy forcing the whole Government to plan for a court injunction against them saying this is speaking for itself that Government has lost direction.

…….’’We will keep patience waiting for the outcome of the negotiations , definitely, no tangible results will come out from there, we have already casted a vote of no confidence to President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, His Vice, Dr. Saulosi Chilima and the whole of the Tonse Alliance for failing to address the plight of teachers in light with Covid-19 risk allowances.

By Vincent Gunde

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