The Association of State Attorneys has given the government a seven-day ultimatum, to enhance their salaries and other conditions of service, failure of which members will embark on strike.
The State Attorney expressed their displeasure over government’s failure to comply with the National Labour Commission (NLC) compulsory arbitration award in September 28, 2015, aimed at improving salaries and conditions of service of state attorneys.
A statement issued by Francisca Tetteh Mensah, national president of the association said the NLC had the mandate to compel the Minister for Justice and Attorney General, the Ministry of Finance and 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 Mnistry 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.
The attorneys demand procurement of vehicles for all state attorneys and an annual research allowance to enhance the execution of their work.
The association is also demanding free healthcare, housing facilities, payment of outstanding leave allowance, clothing and fuel allowances among others.
The group said that it was disheartening that over one year, no proper conditions of service had been implemented for state attorneys.
State attorneys embarked on a strike months ago over the same issues, however, upon some discussions with stakeholders, they called off the strike to enable them go through the arbitration process.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme