Following the industrial action by judiciary officers and non-judicial staff, representatives of government and judiciary have been meeting in order to find an amicable solution to the issue that led to the industrial action. The two parties have, after appropriate consultations, reached an agreement on all issues of concern and a settlement has been signed today.
As per the memorandum signed, it means that the industrial action has now ended and the courts will finally start functioning on Monday, March 26 2012.
The agreement has been signed by Chief Secretary Bright Msaka, on behalf of the executive while Hon Justice Tembo, Chairperson of the Special Working Committee on Conditions of Services signed on behalf of the judiciary.
According to Msaka, the agreement that has been signed means no body has won; instead it is the government that has won. He said government could not work with two arms of government without the other arm; the judiciary, in a democracy. Msaka further said the two parties have however, agreed that the misunderstandings will never happen again where one arm of government is not functioning.
The non-judicial staff went on strike on January 9 this year and were joined by the honourable judicial staff, judges and magistrates alike; some weeks ago.
Meanwhile, government has announced the increase of salary for all civil servants by July 1; according to Chief Secretary Msaka and that preparations have started taking place.