Yet another strike is to be embarked on by the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG). They are threatening to strike if government does not actualize the consolidation of their salaries. The body had in May 2015, embarked on a strike protesting the non-payment of their salaries.
After measures and negotiations between JUSAG and the government to prevent the disturbing situations from re-occurring, the government still failed to implement the consolidation of their salaries. The Upper East Regional secretary of JUSAG, Stephen Kumi, said that they made a proposal to the Judicial Council in relation to their allowances.
According to him, the council accepted the proposal and forwarded it to the government in June 2015, and since then, the government has not done anything of significance on their salaries and allowances. Mr Kumi said:
“Last year May, Judicial service staff embarked on an industrial strike in respect of non-payment of allowances and as part of solution to the situation, we proposed that our salaries should be consolidated….the council accepted and forwarded same to government since June 2015 but it seems the process is slow and our members have exhausted their patience.
However, he continued that the Executive council of JUSAG has given government a deadline of March 31 for the consolidation of their salaries.
See Full Statement By JUSAG
DEMAND FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF CONSOLIDATED SALARIES
We refer to the numerous efforts by leadership of the Association , since 2012, in getting the consolidated salaries of the Judicial Service implemented.
It may be recalled that in 2012, it became apparent for a review of staff salaries. Consequently, a petition submitted to the Judicial council for a new salary structure was approved and forwarded to government for implementation.
Leadership of the association has made various follow-ups on government, but all efforts to realize this legitimate demand have not yielded the expected results.
Our rank and file continue to mount pressure and demand on leadership for the delay and absence of concrete response from government.
On 28th February, 2016, the National Executive Council (NEC) of JUSAG keenly considered these undue delays and painful salience by government in responding to our plight and demands as follows:
- The immediate implementation of our consolidated salaries by 31st March, 2016.
- If nothing is heard on or before 31st March 2016, we shall embark on an industrial strike action.