Malawi judiciary staff vows to strike on unless their grieveances are met entirety

Judiciary support staff who areon strike demanding  a 27 percent increment in salary arrears, among other issues, have told Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda that they will continue to sit in until their grievences are solved.

Some of the support staff captured  at the High Court in Blantyre
Some of the support staff captured at the High Court in Blantyre

The Chief Justice met the striking workers on Monday after they paralysed the courts from Friday when they started their strike across the country.

Judiciary Support Staff Union president Charles Lizigeni confirmed that they met the Chief Justice and presented their grievences.

“We held discussions and presented our demands to the Chief Justice,” he said.

He however indicated there were no breakthrough during the talks.

Judiciary spokesman Mlenga Mvula confirmed the talks were not fruitful as workers rebuffed the Chuef Justice plea to resume work “while discussions are continuing.”

Mvula said the workers demanded that “their demands must be met at all cost.”

He said among their concerns, were salary disparities coming from the background that when the main Civil Service got an increment of 45 percent, Judiciary support staff only received 18 percent thus they are demanding the difference in arrears.

“There was an agreement with government in 2012, which the Executive pledged to equate increments all across the public service,” said Mvula.

Apart from a 27 percent increment to their arrears, Mvula said the workers were also demanding promotions, house allowances and calling for a review of the salary harmonisation process which they said to be unfair to them.

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Elder Sage III
Elder Sage III
7 years ago

;These cry babies are a nuisance now!. Every govt change, they stage a crippling industrial action. The problem they have is that they compare themselves to the real judicial staff: judges, magistrates, ……. Its the Muluzi-time Parliament that brought this mess; they put the perks of these greedy chaps in the statutes – to say when u revise civil service pay by n%, give these chaps n% as well – forgetting their pay is way above a mainstream civil servant pay e.g. in accountant in judiciary gets about twice as much as one in mainstream civo. Its this disparity that… Read more »

vuyisile mtombayithethi

tiyeni naye bwampini amawona ngati kuyendetsa boma is the same as sticking his his big black dick into ben phiri’s asshole!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jason Band
Jason Band
7 years ago

How come I can see this coming? No work no pay……… Be careful for what you wish for.

Zinenani Zoona
Zinenani Zoona
7 years ago

The Judiciary staff in Malawi are in two categories: Judges (justices, judges and magistrates) and the support staff. The Judges are well taken care of. When they sneeze their salaries are doubled. Yet the support staff have to cry and roll in the ground in order to get anything. My worry concerns the Judges. It takes too long after hearing a case for them to issue a determination. Eventually there is no justice, as they say, “justice delayed is justice denied”. By the way, there was talk of a law to be passed requiring judges to issue a determination within… Read more »

7 years ago

Pitani muzikatsegula manda kumudzi.

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