Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE -- Disgruntled employees of Nico Life Insurance, a subsidiary of Nico Holdings Malawi Limited have downed tools as an extra mile to force their management to give them their arrears and 35 percent increment.
The employees on Wednesday refused to execute their expected duties and instead they clustered outside the offices whilst waiting for the management being led by Chief Executive Officer Osman Karim to address their concerns.
Maravipost visited the institution, which is along Haile Selassie road, downtown Blantyre where only temporary employees were busy doing their data entry work, but they were later asked to vacate the offices.
“We have been told to go home. Our supervisor has said we cannot be working when full time employees are refusing to work,” said one of the temporary employees, who were engaged last month.
The employees described the 10 percent increment they were given in the just gone of month September as “very little and just a drop in the ocean.”
“We wrote the management to disburse our arrears and 35 percent increment but management has not been forthcoming on employees’ grievances.
“As such we have decided to take an extra mile by downing tools until they tell us when will be getting the arrears let alone 35 percent increment,” said one of the employees who asked Maravipost not to mention his name.
However, the employees, who were not comfortable with Maravipost crew, could not tell the amount of money the company owes them in arrears.
Efforts to talk the Chief Executive Officer Osman Karim went in vain as he was reportedly busy.
However, one of the senior officials was spotted asking the employees to go to their respective offices but they refused to follow the “order from above.”
The employees said unless they are given the assurance that they will get their arrears and 35 percent increment will not relent back.
“There is no need of issuing threats here, they should just come and address us right here. We have had enough and cost of living is very high.
“We are just asking for consideration so that we should be able to execute our duties happily,” chipped in another employee.
Maravipost can report here that the discontented employees were still in a peaceful vigil at the offices as of 10 am Wednesday, October 17, 2012.