The Sugar Plantation Agricultural Workers Union of Malawi (SPAWUM) finalised wage negotiations with Illovo Sugar (Malawi) on 20 March, with an increment of 27 percent across the board and a live out allowance of 15 percent. Inflation rate is quoted at 21.2 percent.
Some 5,000 employees benefitted from the negotiation results. They are employed by Illovo Sugar (Malawi) Ltd. in three workplaces: the Illovo mills at Dwangwa and Nchalo, and the administration services in Limbe; as well as the employees at the Dwangwa Cane Growers (DCGL) and the Kasinthula Cane Growers (KCGL). The latter is a beneficiary of a Fair Trade sugar agreement.
Illovo Sugar is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods (ABF) and it’s Africa’s largest sugar company.
(With information from SPAWUM.)