Lower Court judges call off strike

The judges of the lower bench have called off their intended strike over implementation of 10 per cent increment in their salary.

Sources close to the lower bench said negotiations were ongoing with the relevant stakeholders to address their grievances.

The judges therefore, believed that it was prudent to call off the strike to enable fruitful negotiations to proceed.

On November 11, lower court judges in the country threatened to withdraw their services with effect from yesterday, if their 10 per cent increment in salary was not addressed.

The threat was contained in a letter signed by the Lower bench representative, Mr. Aboagye Tandoh to the Chief Justice and copied to the Chief of Staff, the Ministry of Finance, the Judicial Secretary, the President, Association of Judges and Magistrate, the Executive Secretary, Labour Commission, the Director of Finance, Judicial service, and the First and Second Deputy Judicial Secretaries.

The judges reiterated that their conditions of service, as approved by the late President John Evans Atta Mills, was not a mistake, but the mistake being alleged was a creation of the people whose sole interest was to interfere with the conditions of judges and magistrates.

While appreciating the efforts of the Judicial Council, they insisted that their approved conditions of services need not be disturbed.

The letter averred that the letter from the Judicial Service addressed to the Ministry of Finance over the 10 per cent adjustment in their salaries had not received any attention.

It added that the undue delay had created anxiety and frustration among members of the lower bench, due to the interruption and disruption in the implementation since 2013.

According to the letter, the lower bench judges indicated that it was their hope that steps would be taken to avert any disruption in their work.

The lower bench had for some time now raised numerous alert calling on government to implement their salary increment which was approved by the late President, John Evans Atta Mills.


By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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