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Judiciary employees to continue striking

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Employees at the Judiciary have vowed to continue with their industrial action which started on Friday if the government will not respond to the grievances.

The employees want their salaries to be raised by at least 27 percent following a 45 percent salary increment effected in 2014 by government for civil servants for which the Judiciary got 18 percent. They are also against the proposed salary harmonisation, which according to them, was only applied to the judiciary and not in other government institutions.

They also want government to resume giving them house allowances which was suspended some years ago.

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The employees said this yesterday when Chief Justice, Andrew Nyirenda, and leaders of the Judiciary Workers Union were locked up in a day-long meeting with an aim of finding solutions and reaching a consensus on the matter.

According to the Judiciary Spokesperson, Mlenga Mvula, although the Chief Justice tried to reason with the employees to get back to work and avoid compromising justice delivery, the workers insisted to get back to work only if there is action to their grievances.

“The situation now is unfortunate, because we thought through the meeting with the Chief Justice, the employees will get back to work but such has not been the case. In the meeting Honourable Nyirenda justified the disadvantages of the strike now. He told them that the issues at hand cannot just be resolved overnight but they insisted to remain on strike a thing which is very worrisome looking at the number of people who are looking up to the courts for justice,” Mvula said.

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The strike has halted the judiciary operations and no case has been heard since it started.

According to Mvula, Judiciary management is only hoping that the workers will change their mind and resume their duties.

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