Malawi court workers strike ends

Malawi courts will resume their operation on Monday after a strike by judicial workers which began on January 9, trying to force the executive to implement the promised salary perks of 2006.

Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Bright Msaka, told a news conference in Lilongwe on Saturday that the Executive branch of government and the Judiciary have reached an agreement on terms and conditions to the satisfaction of both sides.

Msaka was accompanied at the news conference by Supreme Court Judge Atanasio Tembo.

Msaka; Made the announcement

“What is important is that it is not the Judiciary or the Executive that has emerged triumphant. The winner is our nation, democracy and nationalism,” Msaka said.

He said the Judiciary will be paid their arrears in due course.

The two sides issued a two paragraph communiqué confirming the agreement.

The strike paralysed the judicial system in the country, with lawyers also condemning the government for not implementing the salary perks.

Working conditions for workers in the court system are reviewed every three years, while others in government often receive yearly pay increases.

National Police Spokesperson Davie Chingwalu says the strike led to overcrowding of jail cells across the country.

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