JUSSAG Called Off Strike

The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) on Wednesday called off its 10-day old industrial action with immediate effective to create room for Government’s Presidential Committee to begin deliberations.

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Mr Alex Nartey JUSSAG President at a press conference in Accra to call off the strike effect from June 1, urged members across the country to resume work immediately stressing that the association has concluded on the framework with government and management in addressing their demands.

supreme-courtHe said: “In view of the above we are inclined to call of our industrial action effective June 1 to aid government’s Presidential Committee to begin deliberation; “all JUSSAG leadership must see to the implementation process of our consolidated salary”.

The leadership on May 19 declared an indefinite nationwide strike over delays in the implementation of the consolidated salaries and emoluments of their members.

On May 30, this year, Mr. Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, said some progress has been made following government’s consultation with the leadership of JUSSAG and Judicial Council.

He said on Tuesday that “ there would be a major definite public announcement on the future or otherwise of the strike embarked by members of JUSSAG” .

Mr. Iddrisu, who spoke to the media after a meeting with the leadership of JUSSAG at the Ministry, said government is “deeply concerned about the on going strike and withdrawal of services, which has affected the delivery and the administration of justice in the country”.

He said: “On Wednesday, the negotiation team would commence its business and we would look at what government can do and what it cannot do.”

On the issue of the National Labour Commission dragging JUSSAG to court he said the commission is independent and urged the media to expect some pronouncements from the body.

He said he is satisfied with the developments at the meeting adding: “We want to ensure that government institutions work and work effectively.”

He said embarking on strike for a number of days affect productivity and that should not be accepted.

On May 19 the National Executive Council of JUSSAG directed members to withdraw their services with effect from Friday, May 20, until the Government implements the Judicial Council’s approved consolidated salaries.

JUSSAG expressed its disappointment in government for not fulfilling its assurances after it had appealed to JUSSAG on April 1, to call off its nationwide strike.

By Joyce Danso, GNA

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