The Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) has fired a warning shot to government officials, saying the trade union would not hesitate to name and shame those involved in clandestine activities.
In a statement marking the World Labour Day which falls on May 1, MCTU secretary general Robert Mkwezalamba says his organisation is aware of some unprofessional elements among government officials and employers.
Mkwezalamba appeals to the Ministry of Labour to adhere to professionalism in handling labour disputes and labour inspections.
â€œMCTU remains poised to criticise the government, employers and fellow workers or unions without fear or favour in the interest of the workers.
â€œWe commit to name and shame or expose all clandestine activities by government officials or employers which we feel are detrimental to the growth of our nation and advancement of our citizens/workers,â€ says Mkwezalamba.
He says government, employers and workers should join hands in shaping the direction of the country through provision of decent jobs.
â€œMCTU strongly believes that it is only decent jobs that have a long-term effect of empowering and cushioning workers from any economic shocks the country may face or is currently facing,â€ he says.
â€œMCTU calls on employers to respect workers rights including their right to belong to a trade union. The respect for labour laws and internationally accepted policies and instruments is very necessary for the provision of a conducive working environment,â€ he says.
Mkwezalamba says this yearâ€™s Labour Day comes at a time when Malawian workers are struggling to fend for themselves, arguing that the effects of the zero-deficit budget, which government introduced during the current fiscal year, has contributed to the rise in transport costs, declining in service delivery, reduction of budget towards Farm Input Subsidy Programme and dwindling household incomes.
He says MCTU leadership, in consultation with employers and Ministry of Labour, settled for May 14 for activities marking Labour Day considering that the day has this year fallen within the official mourning period for the late President Bingu wa Mutharika.