5 December 2012

Ghana: Judicial Service Staff On Sit-Down Strike

The Judicial Service Association of Ghana (JUSAG) is embarking on a nation-wide sit-down strike in demand of un-paid allowances and subventions due them this year, which is running into six months.

Members of Staff of the Judicial Service, throughout the country, are wearing red hand-bands and refusing to attend to litigants, who have thronged the court premises for their cases.

Red flags are mounted in the premises of the court in Accra and it is expected to be replicated on the premises of the courts throughout the country and flying at half mast.

A notice pasted on the notice board of the court in Accra and signed by the Chairman and secretary of JUSAG Interim Management Committee, Mr. Francis Brakwah and Mr. Derrick Annan respectively, directed members to observe the strike till all allowances due them are paid.

The Interim Management Committee of JUSAG has accused government for failing to release funds to the authorities of the Judicial Service to enable them pay deserving members of staff all legitimate allowances due them for the year 2012.

According to them members of JUSAG had made all attempts to get these monies paid to no avail as government and the management of the Judicial Service had failed to agree to their repeated legitimate demands.

Information gathered by the Chronicle from the Cape Coast, in the Central Region and Bolgatanga, in the Upper East Region have close the gates of the court to prevent litigants from entry the court premises as a result of the impending sit-down strike.

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