Ghana: JUSAG Downs Tools in Protest Over Salary Review

13 November 2019

The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) today laid down tools in protest over salary reviews.

A statement signed by Alex Nartey, National President, JUSAG said no staff or member shall report to work today.

The statement said until the implementation of the Judicial Council Committee's report, no staff of JUSAC shall report to work.

It said security personnel of the Judicial Service shall, however, report to work to protect life and property.

The association said it had not received copies of report from a committee set up by the Judicial Council.

According to the statement, JUSAG had held series of meetings with management of National Labour Commission since it issued notice to embark on strike on November 1.

It said that after the meeting with the Commission on November 11, 2019, the leadership of JUSAG had a meeting with "our rank and file".

The statement said they asked to proceed with the strike since they had complied with the procedure as spelt out in the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

"They resolved since we already complied with the procedures under the 1992 Constitution regarding our conditions of service, we should proceed accordingly".

In view of the above, the statement said "the leadership is left with no option than to declare an indefinite strike action to demand the assenting and implementation of the Judicial Council Committee's report."

This is not the first time JUSAG had embark on strike over salary reviews.

The action by JUSAG albeit constitutional, may affect justice delivery nationwide.

Court users, litigants and persons standing trial including criminal and civil proceedings may come to a standstill as judges and magistrates cannot work without the support of JUSAG members who are staff of Judicial Service.

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