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Executive, judiciary staff meet Monday

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Striking judiciary support staff are Monday expected to start the long-awaited talks with the Executive under the guidance of a mediator who was voted for by both parties, Modecai Msisha.

The talks will determine whether the support staff will continue with the industrial action which has caused panic among those seeking justice in the courts.

Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula told The Daily Times Friday that at least 1,000 cases are heard daily in all the 250 registries the judiciary has across the country.

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He said as of Friday, about 5,000 cases failed to be heard.

Judiciary Support Staff Union spokesperson Andy Haliwa said the talks follow communication from the Office of the Attorney General which said the Executive is ready for talks today.

Haliwa said this is what they have been longing for.

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“We received communication from the Attorney General through our lawyer that come Monday (today) at 9:30 in the morning, we should meet and discuss whereby senior counsel, Modecai Msisha will be the conciliator,” he said.

On Thursday, the Executive, through Secretary to the Treasury, said government was not ready to give the staff housing allowances because they are incorporated in their salaries.

According to the government, this follows a clean wage bill which was introduced in 2006.

The judiciary support staff embarked on the strike on Monday last week and have vowed not to relent until the Executive bows down to their demands.

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