Truck drivers call off strike

Truck drivers have resolved to call off their strike after a 100 percent salary hike agreement with their employers. 

From Monday to Tuesday, the drivers went on seat-in to force government to intervene and engage their employers on improvement of working conditions.

In a meeting facilitated by transport and labour ministries, truck owners committed to raising salaries for general drivers from K30, 000 to K60, 000 while for tanker drivers moves to K140, 000.

Speaking to YFM, Transport Minister Raph Jooma has urged the transporters to effect the salary adjustments next month as agreed, failing which, they will be sanctioned.

In his remarks, Truck Drivers Association of Malawi president Richard Joubert Phiri said they are glad with the adjustment despite that it does not correspond with their earlier demand of K300, 000 hike.

Meanwhile, the Transporters Association has appealed to government to address some challenges that are suffocating their business at the moment.

The association’s president Sameer Suleman has told YFM that transporters are struggling in business because currently, foreign transporters are enjoying a lion’s share of government transport contracts.

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