Justice Minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi has said that government workers’ industrial action over unsustained salaries and poor working conditions was not lawful.
He told the Daily News this Friday that the workers have to take a legal route if their grievances are to be addressed. He said:
Legally, there is nothing called incapacitation. This doesn’t have a legal basis. They must take legal channels so that their concerns can be addressed.
You just don’t declare incapacitation and remain at your homes. The solution is to continue with negotiations. As government we respect the law that’s why we went to court and the doctors were told to return to work.
His remarks come as government workers across sectors have notified the employer that they will be suspending their services due to incapacitation caused by the erosion of their salaries by the soaring inflation.
Workers are demanding at least US$475 or its equivalence of $7 267 at the prevailing interbank rate for the least paid employee and doctors have since defied a government directive and Labour Court ruling which ordered them to return to work.
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