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Court stops judiciary strike

CAROLINE KALOMBE, Lusaka
THE Industrial Relations Court has stopped unionised Judiciary workers from staging a countrywide strike after reaching a deadlock with management over salary increment and conditions of service.
And the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has suspended Noyoo Noyoo from practising law with immediate effect and declared that the lawyer and his company are not to appear before any court of law.
The government, through Attorney General Likando Kalaluka, sued the Judiciary and Allied Workers Union (JAWUZ) through its secretary general Vincent Makondo asking the court to restrain the workers from going on strike.
Mr Kalaluka said in affidavit in support of ex parte summons for an order to restrain the workers that the collective bargaining unit comprising the union and management declared a dispute after they failed to reach an agreement on the conditions of service.
He said a conciliator was appointed to reconcile the parties.
Mr Kalaluka said the union was about to take a ballot on whether to take strike action and that this would not be in the public interest as business at the judiciary would come to a standstill.
“That allowing the respondent to go on strike will render the court process between the parties a mere academic exercise and will have adverse effects on the delivery of justice in Zambia,” Mr Kalaluka said.
Industrial Relations Court Judge Matthew Chisunka ordered the workers to restrain from strike action until hearing of the case when both parties are present.
The workers are demanding an upward adjustment of salaries, housing allowance, transport allowance and introduction of K300 medical allowance.
And the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has suspended Noyoo Noyoo from practising law with immediate effect and declared that the lawyer and his company are not to appear before any court of law.
According to a notice by the LAZ legal committee filed by its honorary secretary Silas Mambwe, Mr Noyoo has been suspended from filing any court process of whatever nature until further notice.
“Since the firm under the name and style N. Noyoo and Company is a one name firm, it is further ordered that the said firm be closed with immediate effect,” part of the notice reads.

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