The judicial service staff declared an indefinite strike two weeks ago to mount pressure on government to implement the Judicial Council’s proposed consolidated salaries policy.
However, there have been series of meetings between JUSSAG and the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, to find solutions to the problem.
These meetings, however, have not yielded any positive result.
The sector Minister Haruna Iddrisu who was Briefing the media on the Ministry’s negotiations with the leadership of JUSSAG, said progress is being made as the government’s negotiating team, led by Deputy Finance Minister Casiel Ato Forson, is dealing with the salary adjustment concerns.
But Mr Danso Acheampong, who was commenting on the issue on Class News said government has not treated the issue with the urgency it requires.
He believes the country’s democratic credential is being undermined as the workers in the third arm of government continue with their industrial action adding that, “The Judiciary is the third arm of government, and, therefore, in a democracy like ours, if one of the three arms is completely shut down, then you should know the effect on the governance system and if those negotiating with the workers have had in their minds that the judiciary is the third arm of government, I think their attitude will not have been what it is.”
“I think in short, the attitude has been lackadaisical to say the least”, he indicated.