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Haitian court clerks partially lift their strike

Haitian court clerks partially lift their strike

Port-au-Prince, May 26 (Prensa Latina) The Association of Judicial Secretaries of Haiti (Anagh) announced a partial lifting of the strike that paralyzed the 18 jurisdictions of the country, after an agreement with the Ministry of Justice.
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The Minister of Justice, Berto Dorcé, agreed to grant from June onwards the requested debit cards and to appoint some employees trained at the School of Magistrates, as confirmed to the press by Martin Ainé, president of Anagh.

Dorcé managed to mobilize about 11 million gourdes (a little more than 100,600 dollars) to meet the demands of the clerks, who have been on strike since April 12.

At the beginning of this week, the Minister assured that the Government did not have the means to commit itself to the demands of the strikers, however, he indicated that they were working on cleaning up the Ministry’s payroll, which had at least 143 employees absent, including some in the United States for several months to benefit from the Temporary Protected Status program.

The court clerks are expected to return to their posts this week, although Ainé warned that if the government’s promises are not fulfilled, they will restart the movement.

The union has staged several strikes in recent years, paralyzing the judicial system, while more than 85% of the prison population suffers long pretrial detention.

The truce also takes place after last week lawyers denounced the “selective” strike of court clerks, because some demanded high sums from judges to fulfill their obligations.

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