Judiciary support staff have called off their strike action which kept courts in the country under lock and key for three days over demands for a 27 percent increment in salary and arrears, among others.
President of the Judiciary Support Staff Union Charles Lizigeni and Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula confirmed that the strike has been suspended as authorities have promised to look into the demands of workers including promotions and housing allowances.
The workers are also calling for a review of the salary harmonisation process with the mainstream civil service which they claim is unfair to them.
“Following the resolution of the industrial dispute between the Judiciary Staff and the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda that the authorities are looking into our demands, the industrial action embarked upon by the judiciary workers is suspended,” said Lizingeni.
He, however, said “discussions are in progress.”
Mvula on his part said the Chief Justice agreed to look into all the issues raised by the support staff.
The Chief Justice pleaded with the striking members of staff to resume work while discussions are continuing and they have agreed to suspend the strike,” Mvula said.
The issue dates back to 2014 when the employees pushed for a 45 percent salary increment but in line with the 46 percent that was given to the mainstream civil service. They got 18 percent and are now demanding the difference.
During that impasse, the Judiciary support staff refused to provide their services for almost two months and resumed work in January 2015 after they reached an agreement with government.