Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) have declared an indefinite nationwide strike to press home their demand for government to review their current salaries immediately and not in the year 2020 for implementation in 2021 as suggested by government.
JUSAG on the 1st of November 2019 served notice to embark on the industrial action if the demand is not adhered to by government.
According to the letter, “current salaries of members of JUSAG was implemented in the year 2017 and to be renewed bi-annually. However, in the year 2017, the Ministry of Finance sought to cancel the payment of rent allowance to our members and after several protests, the Judicial Council, Government and the Association resolved the issue in 2018 and for implementation in year 2019”.
The letter of notice further stated that “In 2019, the Association wrote for the salary negotiations on 26th April, 2019 and subsequenty served a reminder on 29h July, 2019. On 1st October, 2019 the Judicial Council, mandated to review our salaries and other salary related matters under the 1992 Constitution, set up a committee and considered the proposals of the Association. At the meeting, it was resolved that the decisions of the meetng will be forwarded to the Presidency for approval and same
captured in the National Budget for year 2020″.
The statement added that “It has however, come to our attention that Ministry of Finance has rather slated our salary review for the year 2020 and for implementation in year 2021. The Association vehemently disagrees with the position taken by Government, hence our present demand”.
Addressing the press to announce the decision to go on strike, National President of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (Jusag), Alex Nartey said “after our meeting with the National Labour Commission on 11th November, 2019, the leadership of JUSAG had a meeting with our Regional Executives and our rank and file. They resolved that since we have already complied with the procedures under the 1992 Constitution regarding our conditions of service, we should proceed accordingly” Nartey said.
“In view of the above, the leadership of JUSAG is left with no option than to declare an indefinite strike action to demand the assenting and implementation of the Judicial Council Committee’s report and that: No staff/member of JUSAG shall report to work on Wednesday, 13th November, 2019, That until the implementation of the Judicial Council Committee’s report, no staff/member of JUSAG shall report to work” the JUSAG President noted.
He further indicated that “the Security Personnel of the Judicial Service shall, however, report to work to protect life and property.
That staff/members of JUSAG are to comply with the above directives and to stay tuned for further notice”.