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Truck drivers strike fate Wednesday

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The High Court Judge Jack N’riva yesterday reserved his ruling on whether to discharge two injunctions Attorney General, Kalekeni Kaphale, obtained against Truck Drivers Association.

Lawyers representing the truck drivers, William Chiwaya, said the matter has been adjourned to tomorrow for the court to make a decision.

“When the Attorney General obtained the injunction against the truck drivers, we applied to have it discharged and the Attorney General also applied for continuation of the earlier injunction. The two applications were heard together today at the High Court, Principal Registry, before Justice N’riva, and he has reserved the ruling to Wednesday,” he said.

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According to Chiwaya, their argument was that according to the country’s labour laws, the truck drivers have a right to go on an industrial strike and the same cannot be denied.

He said if anything the government should have addressed the drivers’ concerns.

Lawyer representing the office of the Attorney General, Neverson Chisiza, told the court that the previous strike by drivers brought fuel scarcity in the country and if entertained again, the economy would be disrupted.

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Last week, Kaphale obtained an injunction against the strike that was scheduled for Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Mchinji, Kalonga and Chitipa.

The drivers say they are paid too little compared to their counterparts in Southern Africa and want the perks hiked.

The strike was scheduled for December 2 after employers of the drivers refused to pay the drivers K100,000 as monthly salary as agreed with the government last month.

The High Court Judge has, however, reserved his ruling on whether to discharge the injunctions or not to tomorrow at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

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