… Courts, Ministries virtually empty

The unusual quite situation at the courts yesterday as shown in the photograph. Photo, Edem Mensah –Tsotorme

The unusual quite situation at the courts yesterday as shown in the photograph. Photo, Edem Mensah –Tsotorme

Activities of the courts were crippled yesterday, as a result of Organised Labour’s demonstration.

Litigants and other users   of the various courts were left stranded and frustrated.

A visit by The Ghanaian Times to some courts within Accra, revealed that judges did not hear cases following the Judicial Service Staff involvement in the demonstration.

The main entrance of the new court complex in Accra was shut, likewise the circuits and the magistrate courts.

Users of the courts, were frustrated, because some of them did not know when their cases had been adjourned to, aside complaining of the inconveniencies in transportation back to their destination.

Others said, they had to lodge in hotels in Accra to enable them to return to the court today for new dates, which comes with cost.

Some lawyers who spoke to the paper, charged the government to adhere to the demands of the labour unions to ensure smooth running of the courts in the country.

The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG), in a statement on Monday, directed its members to join the protest march.

“All members of JUSAG shall join the nationwide demonstration at their respective regions. Members are to put on our JUSAG polo shirt and red-arm bands. Also all regional executives are to partake in meetings of Organised Labour in the respective regions,” the statement added.

From the Ministries, Abigail Annoh reports that some workers at the various ministries, departments and agencies were at post although most workers had joined the demonstration.

At the Ministries of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Health, Local Government and Rural Development, normal work activities were ongoing as staff of the ministries were seen discharging their regular duties.

When The Ghanaian Times got to the Ministries at about 9:20 a.m., the workers were dressed up in their normal work attire in readiness for the day’s business.

Some of the workers who spoke to this paper, shared the sentiments of their colleagues, but said they could all not leave the office for the demonstration.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme &
Daniel N. Amparbeng           

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