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JUDICIARY support  staff have advised their lawyer to lodge a complaint to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) over government’s conduct to bring anti-riot police to their work premises during the strike that ended on Thursday last week.

Judiciary support staff spokesperson, Andy Haliwa, said they have advised their lawyer to lodge a complaint to ILO this week. He said it is “uncalled for” that the Executive arm of government brought anti-riot police to their work premises where they were exercising their constitutional right.

“They violated our right to take industrial action. The Labour Relations Act, as stipulated in Section 44, provides that employees can take legal industrial action if they are not satisfied with conditions of service. The police sexually abused female employees. We are in a democratic dispensation where all government entities must adhere to the rule of law,” Haliwa said.

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National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, said their involvement in the matter was on the basis that it is their duty to provide security where it is necessary.

Police invaded the country’s court registries after Judiciary staff refused to return to work despite calls from the Office of the President and Cabinet.

Some female employees at the Mzuzu registry claimed that male police officers sexually harassed them while they were being dragged out of court premises.

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