Carlsberg Malawi Limited staff downed their tools on Monday, following disagreements with their management regarding 2012 performance bonuses.
Some of employees interviewed at the premises indicated that their bonuses were supposed to be up to 250 percent of their salaries constituting 125 percent of an employee’s salary based on the company performance, and the other 125 percent based on the individual’s performance in line with their performance rating scores.
They said they are disgruntled because from the initial 125 percent individual performance bonus as earlier communicated, the latest communication was that they would only receive up to 25 percent.
“We are supposed to get bonuses in December, but that was changed to April; and for the past two or three years, we have been getting bonuses in April. That is what we have been waiting for, and today they are saying they will give us 25 percent from our appraisals, meaning that others will get lower than 25 percent based on their performance,” said one of the workers.
But a memo sourced by The Nation dated March 22, and signed by Carlsberg Malawi human resources director Sabiti Saidi indicated that the 2012 performance bonus would be paid together with the April 2013 salaries.
When contacted for comment, Saidi was reportedly at Kamuzu International Airport en route Germany and could not comment on the issue.