Prosecutors threaten strike

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Public prosecutors have demanded an urgent meeting with the Public Service Commission (PSC) to discuss salary discrepancies with magistrates.

The Zimbabwe Law Officers’ Association (ZILOA) this week wrote to the PSC requesting a meeting today to resolve the impasse.

“The association of law officers and public prosecutors is seeking an urgent meeting with you. This has been necessitated by the glaring salary discrepancies between public prosecutors/law officers and their counterparts, the magistrates, who are now under Judicial Service Commission,” reads the letter signed by ZILOA secretary-general Derek Charamba.

He said their attempts to resolve the issue through the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs had failed to yield results, hence the decision to approach the PSC.

“The association has exhausted all internal processes of engagement with management under the Ministry of Justice. It now demands an urgent meeting with you to avert a looming industrial action. The constituency of public prosecutors and law officers is restive and the earlier we engage each other the better,” said Charamba.

However, the PSC has reportedly advised them the meeting could only be held on Monday.
ZILOA said it was disappointed that the PSC had reneged on its undertaking to award salary increments to prosecutors and law officers just like it did to magistrates early this year.

Magistrates are reportedly earning $700 per month while prosecutors are getting $400.

Magistrates are also receiving entertainment and responsibility allowances amounting to $156 a month.

ZILOA members have demanded that prosecutors be paid at the same scale as magistrates, arguing they hold similar qualifications.

They are demanding a representation allowance of $130 a month.