Truck drivers call off strike

The Truck Drivers Association of Malawi have called off their strike as government bows down to pressure on their demands.  

The drivers have been on a sit in a bit to force authorities to improve their working conditions, among other demands.

Speaking at a joint news conference in Lilongwe, Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda said government has suspended normal examinations that the drivers go through every two years.

“We have reached an agreement and a consensus, government has moved in to remove the requirement for them to undergo an examination for them to be given the professional driver`s permit,” highlighted Chimwendo Banda.

Chimwendo Banda added that a 48 paged passport renewal fee has also been reduced from K130, 000 to K60, 000 to all members of the Association.

“We have moved in to access a passport at a cheaper renewal fee, we have reduced the amount of a 48 paged passport from K130, 000 to K60, 000 to allow them access it when they are renewing their passport,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Association’s Vice Secretary Francis Mkandawire has welcomed the development and he has since asked government to also intervene on their salaries.

“So far with the information we have we are happy and we know that things are moving and the commitment has been shown by the Minister on the agreements we have made,” said Mkandawire.

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