Judiciary says no money to increase salary for striking support staff

Authorities at Judiciary have said there is no money to meet the 27 per cent pay hike demand by support staff, bringing fears of prolonged and protracted strike.

Strike action at High Court in Blantyre

Strike action at High Court in Blantyre

Mlenga Mvula, spokesperson for the Judiciary said Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda has said the government cannot meet the pay hike.

“The country is going through economic problems, the Judiciary cannot therefore afford the pay increase demands,” he said.

He said Judiciary has told the striking staff to wait until the economic situation improves.

“When the situation improves, their demands will be considered,” he said.

However, striking staff spokesperson Andy Hariwa said the support staff will continue unless the government effects the demanded new salaries.

Malawi Law Society president John Sudzi Banda said his organisation would take a mediatory role on the issue.

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If the government doesnt have money to increase the salaries of the support staff then where did the money they they paid the magistrates and judges for house allowances came from? Why only increasing the salaries for the judicial officers and not including the support staff? Thts not fair

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The striking workers should have there salaries frozen until such a time when they decide to resume work.Why should they get paid for nothing?

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Government: Don’t give in to these hostage situations created by wild cat strikes, like this one. Change the law so that strikers get paid, if at all, from their unions’ strike funds; not by the employer. Overzealous Muluzi messed us up by enacting the existing labor laws in his first term post-dictatorship: that NOT so well informed or educated Muluzi. Why should employers pay strikers when they render no service? If these workers weren’t getting paid fully, you’d see how fast they would (kukanganira pakhomo kuti abwelere ku nchito) rush through the doors into the offices. Because they have no… Read more »

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