Malawi courts to shut down again, staff down tools over salary increment demands

Courts are on Wednesday expected to shut down as support staff will be on sit in to force the government honour its commitment to give the support staff a 27 pay rise.

Some of the support staff at the High Court in Blantyre to stage sit-in strike

Spokesperson for the support staff Andrew Hariwa accused the government of going back on its words after an initial commitment in May.

“The government wrote a letter on 7 May, committing to raise the salaries but up to now, nothing is happening,” said Hariwa.

He said this means both the lower and high courts will be closed and the staff would only return to work after the salary increment are effected.

However, Ministry of Finance spokesperson Davis Sado said Treasury approved the increments long ago.

“We did our part, we approved the salary increments, its up to the relevant government departments to effect and implement this,” said Sado.

Nyasa Times could not get a comment from the office of the registrar of the High Court which is supposed to implement the new salaries.

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Andrew Nyirenda
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Andrew Nyirenda

Guys, with non-delivery being at the order the day by the judiciary you might as well go on strike as it would make no difference to us ordinary poor Malawianse. So go for it.

Chalo
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Chalo

Go and strike guys. With the revelation that lawyers and judges are sharing corrupt money, I guess you are the only sufferers in the system

Makanda Ntchembere
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Makanda Ntchembere

When MPs want a salary increase it is done thee and then.When government employees want an increase they have to strike.

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