Management of the Judicial Service has appealed to the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) to call off its indefinite nationwide strike.
The service said it will meet with the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, over the issue to discuss their concerns although representatives of JUSAG have failed to honour an invitation from its camp.
“Management of the Judicial Service noted with grave concern the declaration of an Indefinite Strike by the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG)
“As part of efforts to resolve the matter, Management of the Judicial Service invited the executives of the Association to apprise them of the ongoing discussions between Government and Management, regarding the review of the salaries of staff and related allowances,” it said in a statement signed by Justice Cyntiila Pamela A. Addo, the Judicial Secretary of the service.
The statement added “Management would like to assure JUSAG that the concerns outlined in the Press Release issued on 24th May 2023 are being addressed, and therefore, requests the cooperation of the Association in resolving the matter.
To this end, Management of the Judicial Service is appealing to JUSAG to call off the strike action in order to participate in the above-mentioned engagement. This will ensure a timely resolution of the matter.”
USAG on Wednesday, 24 May 2023, declared an indefinite strike over the governments’ refusal to address its concerns on the implementation of the approved cost of living allowance and general working condition of their members.
“Colleagues may recall that the Government of Ghana introduced the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) in July 2022 for all public sector workers including staff of the Judicial Service due to the adverse economic condition the country was and is still undergoing.
“JUSAG submitted its proposal for review of salaries for 2023-2024 on 31st October 2022 to the Judicial Council for consideration in its advice to the President for determination in accordance Articles 149 and 158(2) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
“We have suffered enough. We can no longer bear it. An empty sack cannot stand upright. The National Executive Council of JUSAG, upon consultations with the Judicial Service Ladies Association of Ghana, Senior Staff Association (SSAJUG), Driver Association, Finance Staff Association, and all stakeholders who matter, hereby declared an indefinite strike,” JUSAG noted in a statement.