Industrial court to start hearing cases

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The judiciary has assured Malawians that employment cases will now be handled at a quick pace following the swearing in of Industrial Relations Court (IRC) panelists.

Mlenga Mvula

Mlenga Mvula: Confirmed the news.

Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula said lack of employees’ and employers’ representatives contributed to the piling up of cases at industrial courts.

“The absence of the panelists made it hard for employment cases to be handled quickly and now that 16 panelists have been sworn in it’s a good development,” said Mvula.

He added that the panelists assist the deliberations of such cases and are helpful in speeding up employment cases.

Mvula assured Malawians that the court will work tirelessly to make sure that employees looking for justice should have their cases concluded.

He then urged people who have cases at the industrial courts to make follow-ups on their cases.

 

Cases at the IRC are heard before a judge and the panellists who are appointed by Employers Consultative Association of Malawi (Ecam) and Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU).

The IRC stopped hearing cases 9 months ago because Ecam and MCTU could not agree on individuals selected as panellists.

According to officials from the court, there are 700 new cases in addition to be concluded 3000 cases which means the new panellists will tackle close to 4000 cases.

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