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Judicial Magistracy “rejects” notice of strike by justice officials, says union

The Union of Officials of Justice of Angola (SOJA) said this Thursday that the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSMJ) rejected its strike statement, scheduled to start on March 20, regretting the position of that body.


According to the general secretary of SOJA, Brito Teixeira, the union entity started its administrative steps to inform the various institutions about its intention to start a strike next Monday, but was faced with the refusal of its communication by of the CSMJ.

"I don't know why the CSMJ takes this position", the head of SOJA told Lusa this Thursday.

SOJA "has nothing to do with what is happening with the CSMJ and its president", he said, stressing that "the problem that SOJA has been claiming is since 2021, you cannot blame SOJA for what is happening in the CSMJ ".

SOJA and the Union of Justice and Administrative Technicians (Sinteja) of the Attorney General's Office (PGR) admit to paralyzing work between March 20 and April 14 in protest against the lack of response to their demands.

Better working conditions, career promotions, approval of a new remuneration statute, lack of transport for errands, subsidies and incentives at court level are some of the demands of SOJA and Sinteja.

"We call for the CSMJ to receive the documentation to be aware of it and not later reach the media and say that it has learned it via social networks. We have already communicated to other entities and we are waiting for the council to receive our documentation", stressed Brito Teixeira.

The president of the Supreme Court (TS) and, by virtue of his functions, of the CSMJ, Joel Leonardo, has been the target of accusations for months of alleged involvement in acts of corruption, nepotism, mismanagement and others in the tutelage of both bodies.

On the 10th and 13th of March, the PGR carried out searches at the headquarters of the TS and the CSMJ, having closed some offices, steps that, in the opinion of the CSMJ, did not comply with legal procedures.

SOJA and Sinteja held a joint march on 18 February in Luanda, in which they lamented the "silence" of the authorities in the face of their concerns.

Regarding the strike, Sinteja has already filed a statement with the PGR, noting that the national strike "will not have minimum services".


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