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Police teargas striking Judiciary workers

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By Jameson Chauluka:

The police Wednesday fired teargas in Blantyre to disperse Judiciary members of staff who were protesting alleged poor conditions of service.

The workers are protesting outside the Judiciary premises in Blantyre.

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Judiciary Workers Union Publicity Secretary, Andy Haliwa, said they did not sanction the sit-in.

“From our perspective, the strike is illegal because they did not follow the right procedures, including notifying management, about the planned strike. However, they have a right to freedom of expression, so we can’t stop them,” he said.

A letter from the Judiciary released on July 23 also describes the strike as illegal.

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Police fired teargas to disperse striking workers when they refused to get back to work .

The striking workers are demanding that their conditions of service be approved by Parliament and are pushing for resignation of the Judiciary management.

They also denounce Haliwa’s union saying it was no longer effective in addressing their concerns.

Haliwa said the grievances of the workers were genuine and that the union wrote Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara, on the matter.

“We have written the Chief Secretary to Government on the matter because we feel that the Ministry of Finance is letting us down,” he said.

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