Judges of the lower courts have threatened to embark on a strike if issues relating to their salaries and conditions services are not addressed immediately.
This was contained in a letter sighted by rainbowradioonline.com. The letter addressed to the Chief Justice said “Historically, our dealings with the ministry of finance since 2013 have been characterized by deliberate inventions or errors and mistakes, withdrawal of salaries, deductions in salaries and deliberate mistakes.”
“We find that these actions of the government are a violation of Article 149 of the 1992 Constitution. It is our view that government‘s attitude frustrates the work of the Judicial Council on salaries of the lower bench by treating the work of the Council itself and lower bench with contempt.’’
The judges have served several notices of a strike since 2016 but have failed to embark on them.
Meanwhile, the judges have withdrawn from further salary negotiations because according to them, after several meetings with the Joint Judicial Council and Government Negotiating Team between February 26 and March 2 this year, nothing concrete had been achieved.