The Judicial Service Management has requested that the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) end their strike.
The Judicial Service stated in a press release dated May 25 that they had taken actions to address the executive, governmental, and management issues around wages and allowances raised by JUSAG.
Parts of the announcement read, “In accordance with precedent, the Ministry of Finance has agreed with the Judicial Service to meet on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 for an engagement on the subject at hand.
In order to reassure the association that the issues they raised before to starting their strike action are being addressed, they requested the JUSAG executive’s assistance in settling their dispute.
“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.”
This comes after JUSAG leaders called an emergency meeting and declared an indefinite strike on Wednesday afternoon.
The group claimed that on May 19, deadlines set by the government to respond to requests for the approval of salary hikes and payment of arrears dating back to January 2023, had lapsed.
In accordance with Article 149 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, the group claims it had previously written to President Akufo-Addo requesting his approval of the Judicial Council’s recommendation for a review of pay and related allowances for staff members of the Judicial Service.
In light of the nation’s economic woes, JUSAG also expressed dissatisfaction with the Cost of Living Allowance’s elimination in December 2022 and claimed that its members had already demonstrated sufficient tolerance.
Read the full statement below: