Malawi Rural Finance Company (MRFC) staffs have vowed to continue with their strike scheduled for today (Thursday) despite management sending them on leave to avert the strike.
In a memorandum dated February 4, MRFC staff members threatened to resume their October 2012 strike if management fails to address their request of salary increase.
When The Nation visited the MRFC Headquarters in Lilongwe on Wednesday, some staff indicated that they still wanted to strike regardless of the leave.
MRFC acting chief executive officer Patson Kuntambira confirmed in an interview yesterday that management is aware of the scheduled strike and that there have been meetings to deal with the issue.
“We had a board meeting on February 13 and will have another one to discuss the issue at hand. While we are still in the process, we are granting an immediate leave to staff members,” said Kuntambira, saying the leave will not affect their payments.
He said: “Nothing will change as they will still get their salaries at the end of every month. We are hoping that after a month, we will be in business again and those on leave will be called back to work.”
MRFC, which is a Malawi Government run institution through the Ministry of Finance, has not been operational for three years.