Courts face closure as JUSAG strikes

The strike is in response to several efforts by the workers to get the allowances paid

Court services across Ghana could be disrupted starting Thursday, October 28, as judicial staff declare nationwide strike.

The workers who are members of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) say their action is in protest against the government’s failure to review their salaries and allowances.

JUSAG had earlier issued similar threats after an executive meeting in the Bono Region asking the government to resolve their grievances in 14 days.

“Within two weeks from October 1, the government must take action on the recommended salaries. If within two weeks the government does not do anything about it, they should not blame us, because we will advise ourselves according to law,” quoted part of the JUSAG’s statement issued at the time.

Although the deadline elapsed on Friday, October 15, 2021, the leadership of JUSAG insists they have not had positive feedback from the government, hence the decision to lay down their tools.

At a press conference in Accra on Monday, October 18, 2021, the President of JUSAG, Alex Nartey, entreated all judicial service workers across the country to join the strike action until their demands are met.

According to him, they have gone past negotiations.

“The strike is going to be a nationwide strike because it is a decision by the National Executive Council. We can’t tell how long it will take. It will be determined by how the government deals with the issue. We have gone belong to dialogue.”

“We don’t eat dialogue, but we eat the fruits of dialogue, and we have already dialogued, and we are waiting for the fruits of it.”

Court clerks, registrars and other essential portfolios form members of JUSAG.

Landmark cases, including the murder of Ejura-based social activist Ibrahim Mohammed aka Kaaka could suffer set backs should the issue is not resolved.


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