After the threats on another strike, Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG) seems to has finally decided to act concerning their salaries and allowances. The body has declared an indefinite strike starting from Friday April 1. Their decision is succeeded by their issuance of a one month ultimatum to government for the consolidation of their salaries and allowances.
JUSSAG had stated earlier in March that if their salaries are not consolidated by March 31, they would embark on an industrial strike action. To this effect, all judicial activities are to be brought to a halt pending when the strike is called off. This implies that all court activities including filing of cases at the registry will be suspended.
JUSSAG seems to have had quite enough of their pendulous negotiations with the government which have proven futile in recent times. According to the president of the association, government has not been fair to them.
JUSSAG had in May 2015, embarked on a strike protesting the non-payment of their salaries. They later called off the strike after government promised to look into the issue. However, after negotiations between JUSSAG and the government to prevent the disturbing situations from re-occurring, government has still failed to implement the consolidation of their salaries.
Alex Martey who spoke at a news conference said they would not call off the strike until their demands are met. He explained that the motive behind their strike is that they want to raise the judiciary to a good standard, which cannot be done when the workers are hungry.
From Friday, all Judicial workers are expected to lay down their tools till further notice. This time around according to James Lartey there is no going back on their words