By Jameson Chauluka:
Workers at Malawian Airlines Tuesday failed to go on strike following a court order the company’s management obtained.
The workers cited the huge pay gap between them and their supervisors among grounds for the strike.
But an injunction obtained on October 4, which singles out the Transport and General Workers Union as respondents, stops the workers from proceeding with the strike.
“The respondents by themselves or through their members are restrained from obstructing the ingress or egress of any officers, workmen, employees, customers into or out of the applicants [Malawi Airlines]’ offices, flights, establishments…until the determination of the substantive matter herein,” reads the injunction in part.
One of the workers, who opted for anonymity, said the company increased their salaries long time ago despite what they call harsh economic conditions the country is in.
Transport and General Workers Union Regional Coordinator, Macdonald Chuma, confirmed that he had been served with the injunction Tuesday.
Chuma said the workers are looking forward to a day they would challenge the order during an inter-parties hearing.
“As stand, we will respect the order. We are not striking. Afterall, the court has given us 21 days to resolve the matter through a full hearing,” he said.
Malawi Airlines Limited spokesperson, Joseph Josiah, referred us to the company’s Human Resources Manager, Caiphus Pasani.
Pasani also referred us to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Hailemelekot Mamo, who declined to comment on the matter.
“I thought it was an internal matter between Malawian Airlines and its employees? But if the public may be interested [in it] then we will issue a statement on the matter,” Mamo said.
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