The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Haruna Iddrisu, on Monday has so far said progress has been made in the negotiations with the Judicial Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) over the group’s strike action.
“My confidence level is better than last week. I am satisfied with our meeting with JUSAG today and the progress that has been made,” he told Journalists after a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the association in Accra.
The minister explained that government was deeply concerned about the ongoing strike action of JUSSAG, and the authorities would do whatever they could to promptly address the impasse.
According to Mr. Iddrisu, the strike action and the withdrawal of services by JUSSAG would affect the delivery and administration of justice in the country.
He said the government’s negotiating team, chaired by the Deputy Minister of Finance, Ato Forson, and Baba Jamal, the Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour Relations would continue to talk with the leadership JUSSAG on Wednesday.
Mr. Iddrisu explained that the President of Ghana was furnished with the approved consolidated salary by the Judicial Council pursuant to Article 158 and 1992 Constitution, which requires the President’s pre-approval, and had referred the matter to the government negotiating team.
The minister said: “The government negotiating team is holding itself in readiness for further consultations, discussions and clarifications on the referral to the President,” he said.
I’m hopeful and confident that before the close of work tomorrow we all will know where we stand with the leadership of JUSSAG,” Mr. Iddrisu stressed.
However, the President of the JUSSAG, Alex Nartey told the Ghanaian Times that the “meeting was inconclusive because the parties could not r each consensus on the issues tabled for discussion”.
The members of JUSSAG on May 18, 2016, embarked on strike, and suspended their services over issues relating to the consolidation of their salaries and allowances.
Consequently, government started negotiations with JUSSAG on March 24, 2016, to find solution to the impasse.
However, the discussions between the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations and the leadership of JUSSAG could not reach consensus on the matter.
By Kingsley Asare and Edem Mensah Tsotorme