Junior workers at Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) headquarters in Limbe have begun their indefinite strike demanding a review of their salaries and other conditions.
The head office employees have been joined in the strike by their counterparts from the regional office at Bangwe, Blantyre.
The disgruntled employees claim that the K30 000 basic pay was way too little compared to the rising cost of living.
They want a review of the salaries, housing allowances, leave grant and their conditions of service.
The striking staff includes security guards, messengers, casual workers and those from the landscape and building sections.
They claim they had been discussing their grievances with management since 2013 but nothing tangible has come out of the talks.
Earlier, the dissatisfied workers blocked the Limbe-Zomba Road just outside the head office before armed police cleared the way about an hour later.
More than 30 uniformed and civilian police officers descended on Admarc premises and remained alert while several others watched the scene from a distance.
Admarc public relations officer Agness Chikoko declined to comment on the matter saying she will only do so after management meets.