Ghana Court Workers To Strike On May 18

Members of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) say they will be laying down their working tools after May 18, 2016 if the government fails to address their grievances.

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It could be recall that, JUSSAG had declared strike action in March this year, but the timely intervention of Haruna Iddrisu, the Employment Minister on April 1, 2016 saved an indefinite strike declared by the Association.

supreme-courtMeanwhile, it seems government is unable to fulfill its side of the bargain hence, JUSSAG said it is not happy about government’s handling of the consolidation of salaries and allowances of the staff of the Judicial Service.

Addressing a crunch meeting with JUSSAG leadership, Mr Iddrisu assured them the Presidential Committee was working around the clock to have their grievances addressed.

However, a month and seven days into the minister’s many promises not much has been done so far as the grievances of the staff of the Judicial Service are concerned.

According to the Association, after a painstaking period of consideration, the Judicial Council forwarded the approved salaries in June 2015 to the government for implementation.

However, after 10 months, the government is yet to implement the approved salaries.

General Secretary of JUSSAG, Derrick Annan who was  unhappy with the pace of work of both the Presidential Committee and the Judicial Council in implementing the recommendation, said, they called off the strike based on some assurances from the government. “We’ve had some progress except that as at present we don’t see government’s position on our request. So we’ve written to the government respectfully afford the government the opportunity to respond. With respect to the 18 May date that is the time that we are expecting that the government would have communicated something to us,” he said.

According to him,  if by 18 May they have not heard anything from government, they will advise themselves.


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