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JUSAG embarks on nationwide strike from May 20

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Alex Nartey
Alex Nartey – JUSAG President

The National Executive Council of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG), has directed members to withdraw their services with effect from May 20, until government implements the Judicial Council’s approved consolidated salaries.

JUSAG noted that government has not fulfilled its assurances after it had appealed to them on April 1, this year to call off its nation-wide strike.

Mr Alex Nartey President of JUSAG, at a news conference, questioned why it had taken government months to implement their consolidated salaries.

Mr Nartey said JUSAG had always employed dialogue to address issues, adding that they respect the position of government to address issues.

“The double talk and correspondence by the government puts our expectations in doubt. All efforts to have the said consolidated salaries implemented have not yielded the anticipated resulted,” Mr Nartey pointed out.

The JUSAG President therefore, directed its regional executives to ensure compliance of its directives.

Mr. Nartey recalled that on May 1 this year, JUSAG embarked on an industrial action to press home the implementation of the Judicial Council’s approved consolidated salaries.

However, he said the strike was short-lived owing to assurances by government that a Presidential Committee had been set up to address their demands.

Mr Nartey noted that the Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina T Wood and the Judicial Council had approved the consolidated salaries and forwarded them to government since June last year.

He said JUSAG, was unable to comprehend the, “delay-stratagems” employed by government and in directing the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations to refer the Presidential Committee to meet the Judicial Council, JUSAG was not copied.

Mr Nartey said in view of the lackadaisical attitude of government towards the determination of the salaries for members, work is being affected.

“An urgent approach is to stage a legal strike,” he added.

He expressed regret that whenever issues surrounding the salaries are raised, nobody want to talk about them, rather “when we go wrong, they know the process to act swiftly”.

Source: GNA

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