State Attorneys declare total strike

The Association of State Attorneys has declared an indefinite strike effective today over government’s failure to meet members’ salary demands.

The national president, Francisca Tete-Mensah, who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times,said “this is a total strike where members will stay at home and not go to work”.

The association had given the government a seven-day ultimatum which ended on Tuesday.

Following that they held a meeting with the National Labour Commission (NLC) aimed at addressing their concerns, but according to Mrs Tete-Mensah nothing fruitful came out of their meeting.

Consequently, they decided on an indefinite strike until their demands were met.

The state attorneys expressed their displeasure at government’s failure to comply with the NLC’s Compulsory Arbitration Award in September 28, 2015, aimed at improving salaries and conditions of service of state attorneys.

The association said the NLC had the mandate to compel the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, the Ministry of Finance and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to comply with the directive.

The association said that the NLC requested the appropriate authorities to harmonise their salaries with those of lower bench, with back pay, adding that the current salary scheme had errors and must be ratified by the Ministry of Finance.

The group indicated that members were required to submit their SSNIT numbers for onward transmission to the Controller and Accountant- General’s Department.

According to the association, it had forwarded SSNIT numbers of members to the Legal Services Board as directed, however, no pension scheme had been put in place for them.

 

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

 

 

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