Prosecutors strike takes new twist

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The ongoing strike by the Zimbabwe Lawyers’ Association (Ziloa) has taken a new twist with prosecutors from Midlands, Masvingo and Mutare threatening to converge at the Public Service Commission (PSC) offices in Harare until their salary demands are met.

Ziloa secretary-general Dereck Charamba told NewsDay yesterday the strike would continue until their employer (PSC) gave them written commitment their demands would be addressed.

“We cannot report for duty because of what the Secretary for Justice said to us. He is also a civil servant like us.

“We want the PSC to make an undertaking, through a written document, that on October 20 we are going to get our money and we will go back to work,” Charamba said.

“Our members are frustrated because of non-commitment by our employer who is negotiating in bad faith. All members from Midlands, Masvingo and Mutare are going to come to Harare next week to camp at our employer’s office,” he added.

Ziloa president Leopold Mudisi said they were tired of their employer’s inaction and were drafting a petition to the Head of State.

“There is nothing that has been offered by PSC and our members are contemplating petitioning the President to address the matter because Justice is suffering,” Mudisi said.

Secretary for Justice and Legal Affairs David Mangota last week wrote to Ziloa urging its members to return to work after the government undertook to increase their allowances by $156.

However, Ziloa vice-chairman Patrobs Dube yesterday told NewsDay in Bulawayo the strike was continuing and they were not going back to work until their demands were met.

The prosecutors are demanding that their salaries be equated to those earned by magistrates.