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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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+1 #7 Chambe concoction 2012-03-25 13:09
Now Malawians, have you seen that Action speaks louder than words? Osangoti Phwiii nkumati Mulungu atithandiza iyayi. God answers when you knock and knock louder. Pano alowa ndani? Tiyeni civil servants!!!!
0 #6 kaliatovic vilavovic 2012-03-25 12:28
What consultations were engaged if parliament had already deliberated and endorsed to be implemented? Any sense? This is why voting for the sake of following party lines in parliament sessions is not effective for national development. Most mps in this parliament dont vote constructively, they dont forecast impacts. Today Govt is regreting for the actions made by themselves in parliament because of the numerical advantage but though many the decision was illogical. A certain minus has gone to economical performance of our country though may not be felt today.MPs to blame.
+1 #5 IFE TONSE BOMA 2012-03-25 08:21
Thanks to Government for the fatherly love and for being a listening government and also thanks and bravo to Judiciary Negotiating Team for being proactive and by not being militants.
I believe as MALAWIANS let us give all the issues facing our country a patriotism heart and love. Threats like a choke/resign will not give us a solution. Let is discuss and resolve the issues amicably. MALAWIAN ARE PEACE LOVING PEOPLE THUS WHY WE ARE CALLED WARM HEART OF AFRICA. LET US PRAY FOR OUR BELOVED COUNTRY FOR GOOD SOLUTION AND UNITY
0 #4 Wa Judiciary 2012-03-25 07:56
Long at last. Money money money. It has taken long but now we can manage to buy bread and butter. A police mwadyapo makobiliwo basi. ENI AKE ABWERA...
0 #3 Masasu 2012-03-25 03:29
Exit judiciary staff enter civil servants. Mukayesa running boma ndi phada eti? Its a very serious business.
+1 #2 naa!! 2012-03-25 03:01
Iwish all cases which were on hold , eg pension which i just i heard one of the policeman lastweek mourning and others eg.Grace Nthinda, Francis Mbepula as leaders of the pensioners eeh these people been working hard and they want to get what they worked for, and for sure these people they have fought in the right way as i was following
+1 #1 naa!! 2012-03-25 00:11
Long at last!!!!!!!!!!!

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