Malawi government has come under intense pressure and pressed a panic button following the industrial action by the airport staff workers as a way of forcing the government to address their concerns raised in a petition presented some months ago.

The last time the staff members presented their petition, government agreed that it will implement the changes.

The staff members are among other things demanding promotions, risk allowances, revision of duty allowances among others.

Nyasa Times investigations can reveal that cargo planes including those meant to bring in Covid-19 materials including testing kits have been cancelled since the sit in started Monday this week.

“Emirates flight today [Friday] flies to Mozambique, Uganda and Malawi. Today it failed to bring in covid materials,” one of the airport staff worker told Nyasa Times on Friday.

“This forced Dr. Charles Mwansambo who is the Director of Health Services in the Ministry of Health and presidential task force on Covid-19 to call for dialogue with us on Monday,” he added.

In an interview with a local radio, Mwansambo admitted that Blantyre and many parts of the country had run out of Covid-19 testing kits.

The continued sit-in has forced government to plead the workers to call off the sit in and return to work immediately.

According to a statement from the Office of the President and Cabinet ( OPC) signed by Cliff Chiunda for the Chief Secretary to the government and seen by Nyasa Times, claims that government has already started working on the workers concerns.