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TAML and Employees Union Sign Revised Recognition Agreement

On Friday, June 14th 2024, Tea Association of Malawi (TAML), the Plantation and

Agricultural Workers Union (PAWU), reached a significant milestone by signing a revised

'Recognition Agreement' governing their labor relations.

This revised deal replaces the initial 'Recognition Agreement' that was put in place on May 13th, 2016.

The signing ceremony, held at TAML offices, commenced with welcoming remarks from the CEO Mr. Tonda Chinangwa.

Key Stakeholders included TAML Chairperson Mr. Sangwani Hara, PAWU Secretary General Wifred Nkhoma (and representatives), Ministry of Labour led by

Mr. Paul Kalilombe (Director), and Trust Africa representative Mrs. Beatrice Mkwenda.

Cross section of stakeholders sign the revised agreement

Both PAWU and the Ministry delivered remarks emphasizing the importance of strong labour policies and fair worker treatment. PAWU highlighted how the new agreement bolsters protections for employees rights and benefits.

The Ministry stressed its role in ensuring adherence to labour regulations.

Mr. Sangwani Hara, the TAML Chairperson, expressed optimism that the revised agreement would facilitate greater cooperation and understanding between the Tea Industry management and its valued workforce across their operations.

A key highlight was the official signing of the revised Collective Bargaining Agreement which incorporates several enhanced provisions compared to the 2016 version:

- Improved maternity and paternity leave

- Clearer grievance redress mechanisms

- Better defined union rights and consultation processes

Mrs. Beatrice Mkwenda of Trust Africa remarked, "We are pleased to see this revised

agreement which creates a progressive framework for productive labor-management relations to the benefit of all parties."

PAWU Secretary General Mr. Wilfred Nkhoma and TAML Chairperson Mr. Sangwani Hara

The event concluded with closing statements, a media interview session with the key

stakeholders and partners, and optimism that the revised Recognition Agreement marks a new

phase of mutual trust and collaboration between Tea Association of Malawi, TAML members and their employees, as they continue to make important strides towards a sustainable and equitable Tea Industry.

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