A former employee of G4S Security Services (Malawi) Limited, Dick Phiri, who worked as assistant branch manager for Limbe, has complained of unequal labour treatment from the company following its failure to give him his retirement benefits.
Phiri claims his former employee has not paid him his severance pay for the seven years he worked for the company and that G4S has also not paid him equivalent allowances for a guard, phone and utilities.
Phiri on Tuesday said the company did not also raise his wages to match with the promotion from contract services manager to assistant branch manager.
Phiri said circumstances at his work place forced him to ask for an early retirement.
â€œWith due respect, I write to apply for retirement and claim for salary arrears for the post of assistant branch manager â€¦I would like my issue to be handled internally, but should I see it otherwise, I will seek legal aid and involve other organisations to look into it,â€ wrote Phiri to the firmâ€™s human resource manager on February 7 2012.
On May 29 2012, G4S management wrote Phiri giving him notice of his retirement from employment from June 1 2012. The notice said, among others, management would pay severance pay between 1999 and 2005 when management claims Phiri was not on pension.
But Phiri argued that other employees who were in a similar situation got severance pay for all the years of continuous service when employees were shifted from Gray Security Services to G4S.
One of the employees who also retired together with Phiri, (name withheld), got all his benefits.
Management wrote the employee on April 24 2012: â€œManagement is, therefore, pleased to inform you that you will retire from employment with effect from 30th May 2012. In view of this, you are given one month notice effective 30th April 2012. On your retirement, you will receive your full benefits as follows: severance pay for 17 years of continuous serviceâ€¦.â€
Asked to explain the â€œunequalâ€ treatment given to Phiri, G4S human resources director Nargis Khan said: â€œIf Mr Dick Phiri is not satisfied with his terminal benefits which he received in July 2012, he was to take his claim to the relevant authorities. If that failed, then he should seek remedial action from Labour Office or Industrial Relations Court and not the newspaper.â€