The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) yesterday, declared a nationwide strike over the government’s failure to implement their consolidated salaries.
The National Executive Committee of JUSAG, therefore directed the immediate withdrawal of services by all staff, effective today.
The regional executives have also been urged to ensure full compliance of the directives; however, the security personnel are to remain at post to protect property.
Addressing a section of staff and the media at the Supreme Court, the president of JUSAG, Mr. Alex Nartey, said in 2012, the Judicial Council considered the analogous grades of officers of the Judicial Service as compared to some members of the lower bench and came to the conclusion which produced a document detailing the conditions of service for senior and junior employees.
He said the Judicial Council, as mandated by Article 149, 158(1) (2) and 159 of the Constitution reviewed the salaries and emoluments of the staff of JUSAG, following which it forwarded the approved salaries to government for implementation.
After it was submitted in June 2015, the government failed to address their concerns, forcing them to issue an ultimatum on March 2, this year.
Mr. Nartey added that as a result, the National Labour proofedCommission (NLC) wrote to the Ministry of Employment and
Labour Relations (MoELR) requesting a response to the letter by JUSAG within seven days, “which also fell on deaf ears”.
He said management on March 16, drew their attention to a letter from government setting up a committee to review the approved salaries of the Judicial Council, which according to them, flouted the tenets of the 1992 Constitution and constituted an affront to administrative procedures.
He noted that the association was not opposed to government seeking clarifications on the approved document, however, they did not understand the setting up of a committee requesting JUSAG to defend an approved document of the Judicial Council.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme