Judiciary support staff opt for mediation

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    Judiciary support staff have agreed to have a mediator in their push for house allowances, barely three weeks after they rejected the Malawi Law Society (MLS) from bringing together the two sides.

    Judiciary support staff Spokesperson, Andy Hariwa, said they did not want MLS to mediate on the matter because it is an interested party.

    In an interview Wednesday, Hariwa confirmed seeking mediation after consulting their legal counsel, Lusungu Gondwe.

    “Our lawyer will write a consent letter to the High Court and the Principal Secretary for Labour, to help us secure a conciliator. The Principal Secretary will have 21 days to secure for us the conciliator whom we shall agree on,” he said.

    He said if the members of staff do not agree on the conciliator, they will consider asking Malawi Congress of Trade Unions for help.

    “We are thinking that Malawi Congress of Trade Unions can help us settle the dispute at hand. We are currently making consultations on that issue and we shall let you know,” he said.

    The decision to settle the matter outside court follows plans by the staff who turned to their lawyer to vacate an injunction which the Attorney General obtained stopping them from withholding their labour on May 3.

    The case was expected to go for an inter parties hearing on May 30 this year.

    The members of staff are demanding that Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe should release money for their house allowances which Parliament approved in July last year for them as well as judicial officers.

    Only judicial officers are currently receiving the allowances.

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