Malawi court shut down:Judiciary staff strike to demand  increased pay over rising costs

Industrial action has commenced at one of the three arms of Malawi government -the Judiciary -purportedly to force government to increase their pay.strike

Courts were closed on Friday across the country,  and the members of staff say they will keep their tools down until government honours their demands.

According to some of the staff members who talked to Nyasa Times, government “must honour” what it pledged to them in 2014.

Government had raised salaries by 27 per cent of the 45 per cent that the employees had demanded in another strike that lasted two months two years ago.

“With the economic turmoil we are facing right now,  it is only imperative that government should finish honouring what they pledged,” said one officer.

Judiciary spokesman Mlenga Mvula confirmed to the press about the industrial action.

He said there would be meetings on Monday between the members of staff and relevant authorities to chart the way forward.

As for Friday,  the members of staff — much as they reported to work — they spent the whole day outside their offices chatting.

The industrial strike could result in the overflowing of police cells and prisons which are already over-congested.

It is skeptical if government will honour the increase if the country’s present economic status is anything to go by.

The kwacha continues to suffer massive devaluation with current inflation pegged at 22 per cent.

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5 years ago

Anthu a za malaulo sadziwa malamulo why asking for salary increase nkati mw chaka this simply shows your misunderstanding of the national budget. What can happen now is you get a salry increase but some activities you planed will not be done as the money will go towards your unplanned salary demand. The best time to as for salary increase is when doing budgets before parliament approves it.

5 years ago

Too bad

5 years ago

Tiye nazoni! l think kwathu kuno sukulu siimatithandiza. Nanga Professor of Laws ndi Doctor of Economics kulephera kuthandiza aMalawi odzetsa chilungamo m’dziko? Zoopsa!

Cheyo the real northerner
Cheyo the real northerner
5 years ago

Good move.

To say the truth, the economy of Malawi is in shambles.

The country is driven with nobody.

Prices of essential commodities are rising almost hourly.

5 years ago

Congratulations to you Nyasatimes for changing your scripts.
Note that most people access your site using inferior devices, like my Chinese made “Galaxy” with a paltry 85K for its RAM, and which do not support Javascript.

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