Lower Court judges threaten strike, Nov 2

Chief-JusticeLower court judges in the country have threatened to withdraw their services next Monday, November 21, if their 10 per cent increment in salary is not implemented.

This threat was contained in a letter signed by a representative of the Lower Bench Mr. Aboagye Tandoh addressed to the Chief Justice and copied to the Chief of Staff, the Ministry of Finance, the Judicial Secretary, the president, Association of Judges and Magistrates, the Executive Secretary of the National 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, saying the mistake being alleged is a creation of the people “whose sole interest was to interfere with the conditions of judges and magistrates”.

Noting that the letter from the Judical Service to the Ministry of Finance over the 10per cent adjustment in their salaries had not received any attention, the judges said the undue delay had created anxiety and frustration among members of the lower bench, due to the interruption and disruption in its implementation since 2013.

They expressed the hope that steps would be taken to avert any disruption in their work.

The lower bench has for some time now, raised numerous alerts 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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