Officials looking to avert magistrates strike

Government is addressing grievances raised by magistrates in a bid to prevent a strike action.

Government is addressing grievances raised by magistrates in a bid to prevent a strike action.

CAPE TOWN - Government says contingency plans are in place for a possible pay strike by magistrates next week.

Magistrates look set to get a 5,5 percent pay increase following a recommendation by the Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.

However, the legal workers are at odds with the commission.

Magistrates have been trying to force a review of the pay hikes for the past two years, saying they were not properly consulted.

The Judicial Officers' Association of South Africa threatened to bring lower courts to a standstill from Monday.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams says there is no reason for a go-slow.

"There is no need to go out and strike because there is a process already of trying to resolve the issue of salaries. What we are saying is that there will not be any justice administration compromised because the issues that they have raised are being addressed."

Magistrates want a single pay structure for the judiciary.

The system would see their salaries and benefits put on the same sliding scale as those of judges.