Executive, Judiciary Sign Pact to End Strike
Malawians can now breathe a sigh of relief as judiciary workers who have been on strike for over three months now are expected to resume work on Monday March 26, following an agreement signed with government on Saturday March 24.
In the agreement government has pledged to raise their salaries and pay them all arrears owed.
“The two parties have, after appropriate consultations reached an agreement on all the issues of concern and Settlement Agreement has been signed today, 24 March 2012.
“As a result of signing this Settlement Agreement, the industrial action has now ceased and the courts will start functioning on Monday 26th of March 2012,” reads part of the Communique signed by Mr. Bright Msaka Chief Sectretary to Government and Justice Atanazia Tembo, Chairperson of Special Working Committee on Conditions of Service from Malawi Judiciary.
The development will effectively decongest the country’s police cells and prisons as hundreds of suspects have been denied justice due to the strike.
The junior staff at the judiciary begun an indefinite strike on strike on January 9th to force government implement their new conditions of service as approved by parliament way back in 2006.
According to the Judicature Act, conditions of service of the Chief Justice and workers in the judicially are subject to review and endorsement by the National Assembly every three years.
The strike has also forced most other court workers such as judges and magistrates to stay away as their tasks are directly linked to the junior workers.
Police prosecutors and lawyers have also been hit hard by the strike. - Zodiak Online
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