Malawi courts strike to continue: Salary hike proposal rejected

A strike by junior judicial workers which has paralysed the court system in Malawi will continue as Judges and Magistrate are set to join as the Judiciary has rejected a proposed salary increment from government and has since demanded between 17 and 35 percent age points more over and above the Capital Hill offer.court strike

Court clerks, who began an indefinite strike at the beginning of November, are demanding pay rise and have vowed to keep striking until their demands are met.

The support staff includes court reporters that record all court proceedings, stenographers who transcribe them, court clerks, secretaries and guards.

The judicial officers, through a steering committee on terms and conditions of service for the Judiciary, wrote  the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) to resolve their grievances within seven days.

Justice Lovemore Chikopa, Chairperson of Malawi Judiciary Committee on Conditions of Service said in a letter to OPC  said that failure to address their grievance, they will “proceed to withhold labour.”

The government through a circular proposed a 51 percent increment for the highest paid Judiciary officer at grade P2 and 18 percent for grade M.

The government’s proposal meant that a Judiciary employee who was receiving K151 323 (about $302) at grade PO/CEO would have been at par with a general civil servant at K177 980 (about $355), representing an 18 percent increment.

The Judiciary has rejected the salary hike proposal and Justice Chikopa described the revision as “unacceptable” in a  letter addressed to the secretary for the Department of Human Resource Management and Development (DHRMD) dated November 24 2014.

The Judiciary has made a demand of 52 percentage points more on grade PO/CEO, which is held by resident magistrates, 34 percentage points more on grade J, 19 percentage points more on grade M and 17 percentage points more for grade N to P.

Justice Chikopa said  the salary revision is “against the law and agreement between central government and Judiciary”, adding that the percentages used by government “are incorrect.”

The ongoing strike is hampering progress of trials, as court operations remain suspended.

Several trials, including those in connection with the financial  cashgate scandal have been indefinitely suspended.

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53 thoughts on “Malawi courts strike to continue: Salary hike proposal rejected”

  1. Ndangopitamo says:

    Civil servants, fight for your welfare. Don’t pull others down but rather fight for pushing yourself up. Within the civil service we can see a lot of disparities in the recent salary ‘restructure’. the less paid having been given meager increases while those who enjoy other perks have been rewarded hefty increases. You should rather be fighting for these scenarios which in he long run will just widen the already big gap between the majority lowly paid and the few highly paid. Don’t look over the fence and start shouting at others who are fighting for a just cause.

  2. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    THE JUDICIAL STAFF SHUD NOT GET THEIR SALARIES .THEY R NOT ON PAID LEAVE.

  3. They better resign we have very intelligent young men outside who ca
    n do the job bettert than these uneducated ones

  4. Angozo says:

    Anthu odzikonda anganene kuti sakufuna kufanana ndi ma civil servants who do they think they are? Judicial clerks are people like everybody and unprofesional. Atasiya ntchito ku judiciary sangapeze ina kwina kulikonse chifukwa ambiri ndi mbuli. Foolish and you are all idiots. Ena muli ndi ma JC ena ochepa ma MSCE, kupambana kwanu kuli pati? Zopua.

  5. chikutumbwe says:

    what creteria is there that court clerk be payed more than a domasi diploma teacher

  6. syamboza says:

    u galajuweti wako waku mpembawo. galajuweti amakhala opanda ntchito ngati iweyo? magaljuweti anzako ali vivivi mmagalimoto let the strikers do what it deserves and gort pay what iz due for them

  7. ernest Phiri says:

    To be a graduate does not mean having more money, but sufficient knowledge. It is how you use this knowledge that determines your financial status. Many graduates are languishing in town and villages, they have no money.

  8. JAYJAY says:

    What is so special about these judiciary staff.you want increments koma milandu yikumatenga zanga kuti yithe ku migistrate courts.Civil case mpaka zaka ziwiri.we are all malaWIANS NGATI NDALAMA ZACHEPA JUST RESIGN ENA AZAGWIREKO NTCHITOYO.PALI ANTHU AMBIRI OTI ATHA KUGWIRA BWINO KUPOSA INU.ZOPUSA BASI

  9. The Labour Relations Act is clear that striking workers should be paid by the unions and yet these continue to be paid by government. This is illegal Justice Lovemore Chikopa. Review the constitution on the judiciary. These guys are already on good salaries and benefits. Their services leave a lot to be desired. They are slow and work at their own pace. There are many unresolved cases in the courts and the IRC is the worst of all. You are victimizing private lawyers and their staff. Peter Muthalika should intervene in this. You give them an inch they take a yard and a yard they take a mile.

  10. mac says:

    how special are u. we are graduates working for the people. ngati ntchito simukufuna osangosiya bwanji. stupid old fools

  11. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    Be reasonable, God fearing and consider others you members of judiciary.

  12. Eliam k says:

    Whom can these selfish people prosecute without police arrests, za mindatu

    1. Simbongoya says:

      Courts do not prosecute mbuzi iwe. Courts hear evidence & make adetermination.

  13. Namu! says:

    You mean 302 dollars only? No wonder corruption will never end in Malawi. Pliz Mr president , you need to do something for these people pliz.

  14. Bob says:

    You are deliberately delaying cashgate cases went akufuna kuzikhweza uku.

  15. Kara says:

    This is causing delay in our adoption. Can some one please help. Please may this strike be over so we can complete our adoption

  16. opportunist says:

    How special are these pple ,they are highly paid and get alot of money when they are discharging their duties.

  17. Andrew phiri says:

    Selfish animals. Ua already highly paid & yet demanding more wat if ur role as important as dat of doctors, Nurses or Police officers, wouldn’t u demand 4 1000% salary hike? Allah shud 4give u.

  18. M'Malawi weniweni says:

    MBEWA YAYI KOMA KHOSWE CHIFUKWA BANTHU BAKURWA MBEWA KOMA KHOSWE BAKURRYA YAYI. NTCHIHENI CHOMENE

  19. M'Malawi weniweni says:

    ZAKUBA ZIMATEROTU. PITALA WAPEZEKA MOTI AKULAKALAKA PANSI PATANG’AMBIKA KUTI ALOWEO. EASIER SAID THAN DONE. CHILI KWA MNZKO CHIGWIRE NYANGA. KUMENEKOOOOOOO! ATHAWA NDITHU AKACHITE RENEW GREEN CARD! WHENEVER SOMEONE GIVES YOU A TIP, UMAMUPACHIKATU. NDI ZIMENEZO UKUSEKETSA ANTHU PAKAMWA. MWINA BEN PHIRI WAKOYO AKUTHANDIZA

  20. Yes the courts were promissed higheir salarys thats y the elections were ruled in favour of this gvt. So pay the courts for the job well done

  21. Mikoko says:

    kkkkkkkkk musalire a Court ayi ndinu amene munavotera Peter mwa style mukukumbuka? munasankha nokha mothandizana ndi Mbendera ndiye muli ndi ufulu opanga zimene mukufuna ndichisankho chanu.Maziphunzitsinso muli gulu lomwelo anthu osathandiza odana ndi dziko lanu lomwe.OSALIRA AYI.

    1. kenyatta nyirenda akupatseni anthu odzikonda inu, ife amphawi tikadzapanga yathu pa nsewu BWAMPINI adzachoka basi.

  22. Committee clerk says says:

    Inu a a parliament secretariat staff mwaonatu anzanu .Mantha ngati tchende lozizidwa with your useless union.Ntchito kumalandira double allowances kagulu kochepa komwekomweko ena nkumamanidwa.ACB gwirani ntchito!

  23. Malawiana says:

    Most lawyers rely on court appearances to earn a living. This strike is therefore a big blow to the lawyers and no wonder the beer halls are fast becoming deserted.

  24. Mbanangwa says:

    Gentle Malawians, I still feel that this is not the way to proceed! Have mercy on this amateur government. They never know any peace!

  25. dodo says:

    Alomwe woyeeee!!!!!!!! Pitala bwampini nophiya woyeeee!!!!! Full of stupidity!!!!!! Apa zavuta kumupanda!!!!! Wina tikayika!!!! Guyz dont worry lomwes have a short life expectancy!!!! They dont reach eighty ndinaonela bingu mwapwala muntharika!!!!!!anafa ali chitotele!!!!!!

  26. nyoko says:

    MUNKATUMBWA PA COMPAIN PAJA LERO MUKUNYANALO DZIKO LALING’ONONG’ONO ALOMWE KUDYAMBEWA BASI NZERU ZAKENSO ZAMBEWA.AKULU-AKULU TIYENI TIVOMELEZE CHABWINO ACHEWA IFE NDIWOPHUNZIRA KOMA AMENE ANGALAMULIRE DZIKOLINO MWAUMUNTHU NDI ANZATHU ACHISILAMU BASI.MBUZI ZINAZI ZIZINGOTIBELA NDALAMA NO ELSE PRSDNT WILL BE AS [BAKILI MULUZI]

  27. mmalawi says:

    Please Mr President don’t keep quite do something about these strikes and water shortage in Blantyre don’t expect things to get out of hand. The father’s voice of consolation brings hope to the hungry child

  28. Mwenecho says:

    the bodies have different acts there was a reason for this and u cant not just wake up and change it has to go through parliament again.these things r protected in the acts.boma ili

  29. mwana wa anazimbiri says:

    wawa Dpp . muisovetu iyi…..

  30. Olongosola ma salary a judiciary nanu pangani strike kuti iwo akamapanga strike asamalandile. Abwelera mmodzimmodzi kuntchito onthu omenewa

  31. amangofuna kuti azinjoya okha mapolitianwo anthu ongolowa ntchito yopanda interview ,opusa, its first year muchonganso sitikusiyani masatanist,shataaaapu ndakwiya nanu andale opusanu.

  32. KWACHA DZUKNI says:

    KOMA ANTHU AWA AKUZIWA KUTI BOMA LILIBE NDALAMA? MADONAZI ANASIYA KUTITHANDIZA, BOMA LIKATI LIKWEZE ZITHU KUNYINYILIKA KOMA SALARY IKWELE BASI. KODI BOMA LITENGA NDALAMA KUTI? TIYENAONI SIRAKA YANUYO MULUNGU AKUKHAULITSANI MVULA SIMUIONA, CHOKUDYA SIMUKHALA NACHO CHIFUKWA CJHA MWANO NDI KUSAMVELA IWU OKULAMULILANI MUZADYA SITIRAKA YANUYO.

  33. Kachilombo ka ku Dowa says:

    Ndi inu nomwe amene munamuthandiza kubela mavote simungagamule kuti mavote awerengedwe kutatsala 1hr kuti zotsatila zilengezedwe ndi Kambendera kanuko. Lero kambendera kakudya bwino kunyumba kwake ndi ndalama zomwe analandira atapanga ukambere mberewalewo pamene inu mukuvutika kumakuka kwanu ndizimenezotu muisova.

  34. MMALAWI says:

    Abale atikwana awa kunjaku kuli anthu oti adakhoza bwino MSCE achizungu chabwino onsewa tangowapatsani zao akapume pangani advertise ena alembedwe ntchito changu zinthu zisayime ndimbuzizi zilekeni abapanga strike amzao akulembedwa ntchto mmalo mwao.salary ya nov osawapatsa

  35. E'CHIPINI YAKA YOMORA says:

    Abwana President, Asiyeni chocho. Those who are not working, no November salary. December no salary again. Tiwone Xmas adya chani. Vilekani nthena vikhale pa sit in. Palibe kuthamangisa ma file. Even lawyers will feel it as there will be no flaw of cash.

  36. Lake of Stars says:

    Here in Europe and the West including other developed Nations, when people strike because of low salaries, governments immediately give them according to what they want and immediately they come up with restructuring processes and laying off staff in order to balance input and output. Many people lose jobs but the remaining earn much and work efficiently. My advice to the Malawi Govt. is that you have to lay off some staff in order that you may be able to pay the remaining what they want. You don’t have money and you are just watching your own workforce pushing you to the corner, as a result the govt. will suffocate and its services come to a stall. Govt. think twice before it’s too late. The civil service in particular is just too overcrowded. You need to trim it in order to make it more efficient otherwise the story will always be on strikes for better pay without quality service being delivered. I love my country Malawi

  37. Khalamule says:

    We already petitioned you that you should establish a National Remuneration Bureau to be a cut crossing body in respect to Reward management in the Public service.Koma mwangoti phwiii! no action ,mavuto awa sazatha chifukwa nafenso a main civil service munatiyenda njomba.

  38. Fwangalubiro says:

    Payback time for the courts apatseni zawo panchito imene anagwira

  39. Matey U .Mopiya says:

    Koma inu ma court clerk strike timapanga tikalandira ,Nanga a Boma akapanda kukulipirani mudya chiyani ,tiwona m’modzi m’modzi akubwelera Ku ntchito kufuna cash
    Tiwona pa 27 zimene muchite

  40. m,nyehere says:

    pitala winu uyu ni mbewa chomene !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. wakukaya says:

    CHAM Employees will be joining very soon plans are at advanced stage.

  42. Desire says:

    Uanama sikuchedwa kucha. Mmanama dzulo pa campain,kwakucheranitu lero! Tiwone ali stupid ndani!

  43. Zone Six Zingaye says:

    Yes, you are justified to receive salary increase but I don’t just agree with your “strike” Why? We have grievances equally as yours. We need our salaries increased in Education, Health, Forestry and the like minded sectors. If we go on strike, who will teach your children, who will give you medicine, and water, etc. Please go ahead with your grievances so that your grievances are honoured but we also need the Cashgate cases to be concluded. Find a better way of presenting your facts because you are still receiving your salaries. What if we all go on strike according to our grievances? Will you like Malawi in any way? Think twice.

  44. big boy says:

    I agree with alfred, i remember the president telling us that ee will be receiving real money not change. Where is the money now? It is with politicians. Do you know why? Peter is afraid that these mps can impeach him. Look at civil servants! Peanut. I think the malawi govt can afford to pay these guys if he may lay off some of his advisers,if he may reducr his own benefits.

  45. sgonondo says:

    a professor of law, i wonder how he could be such a dunderhead!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Keep the fire burning , musawasiye chomwecho azolowera

  47. Jabulosi says:

    MALAWIANS, WE ARE NOW BEING DENIED JUSTICE BECAUSE OF GOVERNMENT INCOMPETENCE.JUST LIKE BINGU DAYS THE COUNTRY IS COMING TO STAND STILL IN LESS THAN SIX (6) MONTHS, IS THIS REALLY WHAT WE WANTED???????????

  48. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    You assisted him to be where he is , yet he doesn’t want to assist you. Teach him to remember his promises , during his campaign he was say you will not be receiving change but all civil servants were to receive real money to keep them over a months.

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