Accra, March 31, GNA
- The Judicial Service Staff Association (JUSAG) has declared its intention to
embark on a nationwide industrial action, with effect from April 1, over delays
in the implementation of the Consolidated Salaries and Emoluments.
Mr Alex Nartey, the JUSAG President, said the withdrawal of services would continue until all their demands were met and further directed the regional executives to ensure full compliance of the directives.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra on Thursday, Mr Nartey, however, urged the security personnel of the service to remain at post in order to protect state property.
Mr Nartey said the JUSAG, on March 2 this year, issued an ultimatum demanding the full implementation of their salaries but had not received any official correspondence from the Government.
He said: “The National Labour Commission wrote to the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations requesting a response within seven days of our letter. If there has been any correspondence, we are yet to know”.
The JUSAG President said management, therefore, drew the association’s attention to a letter from government on March 16, this year, requesting the setting up of a committee to review the approved salaries of the Judicial Council.
According to Mr Nartey, government’s response to the letter did not only flout the tenet of the 1992 Constitution, but was a disdain to the Judicial Council and an affront to administrative procedures.
Mr Nartey said JUSAG was not opposed to government seeking for clarification on approved documents.
“However, we cannot fathom the imposition of a committee requesting us (JUSAG) to defend an approved document of the Judicial Council,” he added.
Mr Nartey said if there was any review of salaries to be done by the Government it should be done in consultation with the Judicial Council and not a body outside the Council.
He said to the best of the association’s knowledge, the Judicial Council had fairly and constitutionally considered its position and grievances.
The JUSAG, on March 2 this year, served notices of an impending strike if government failed to respond to their demand.
In 2012, the Judicial Council considered the analogous grades of officers of the Judicial Service as compared to some members of the lower bench and produced a document detailing the Condition of Service for senior and junior employees.
The Judicial Council, clothed with Articles 149, 158 (1) and (2) and 159 of the 1992 Constitution, caused the review of salaries and emoluments of the staff of the Judicial Service and forwarded approved salaries to government for implementation.