APM Meets MCTU Leadership: Tells Them To Avoid Disruptions, Violence,Destruction Of property When Grieved.
Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Thursday had an audience with the Malawi Congress Of Trade Union (MCTU) delegation led by its President Luther Mambala, at a function which took place at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.
Speaking before the gathering, Mutharika said it was a great pleasure for him to welcome the leadership of the Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) at his residence.
“As you know, I always participate in MCTU activities, even before I became President of this country. Therefore you have come to visit one of your own. And so, I say welcome home.” Said Mutharika.
Mutharika was happy that the new leadership at MCTU took a step to introduce itself to him and that the gesture was commendable, because Labour Unions work with the Government.
The president said he looked forward to be updated on the programmes that the MCTU is doing for the betterment of labour in this country.
“As you all know, my Government established Community Colleges in order to improve knowledge and skills. We will have Community Technical Colleges in all districts in this country. Skilled labour has higher value and is instrumental in the economic growth and development of a country.” He added.
Malawi leader encouraged the MCTU, and all unions, to continue working with his government of the day.He then told the MCTU delegation that his leadership dedicated the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development to be your point of contact of daily basis.
Mutharika took this opportunity to highligh some of the issues he has noted over the years with MCTU as follows:
a. There is need for trade unions to be involved in nation building, not destruction. The more stable a country is, the better working environment it becomes for labour and its value.
b. You don’t need to always be adversarial when conveying your messages to your employers.
c. Avoid disruptions, violence and destruction of property when you are grieved.
d. Be dedicated to duty. Assist your employers attain the objectives of the company or organisation. Work hard, be punctual, and be responsible and be trusted. You are part of progress.