The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has askes Teachers’ Union of Malawi (TUM) to stop making union membership compulsory to all teachers across the country.
CDEDI disclosed this in a letter to the secretary general of TUM Charles Kunchenga signed by CDEDI executive director Sylvester Namiwa.
In the letter, Namiwa said TUM has been demanding teachers to join TUM as soon as they’re employed by government before filling membership forms which is contrary to section 31(2) of the republican constitution which state that: All persons shall have the right to form and join any trade unions or not to from or join trade unions.
CDEDI also disclosed that TUM has been deducting membership fee from teachers salaries without their consent which is against section 31(1) of TUM’s constitution.
The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives also said investigations revealed that there is lack of transparency in term of how finances are managed and TUM AGM’s where issues of finances are supposed to be disclosed are not conducted regularly and some members are not invited to the meetings.
CDEDI has therefore asked TUM to stop deducting membership fee from teachers who are not members of TUM and has urged TUM to publish list of members who voluntarily joined the union in newspaper so that members and non members can be aware of it.
CDEDI has commended secretary general of TUM Charles Kunchenga for his cooperation during engagement sessions to validate teachers’ concerns.
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