Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana suspends indefinite strike

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Following negotiations with government representatives on May 29, the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) has decided to suspend its indefinite strike for two weeks, until June 12.

The Judicial Council authorized JUSAG’s new salary scheme, but the government has yet to accept it, leading to arrears that have been outstanding since January. JUSAG announced an indefinite strike last Wednesday, May 24.

The JUSAG leadership, led by its president Samuel Afotey Otu, reached an agreement to halt the indefinite strike for two weeks, from June 4 to June 12, pending an agreement to resolve the issue.

The following was agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Samuel Afotey Otu, President of JUSAG, Ignatius Baffour Awuah, Legal Counsel from the Office of the President, Kow Abaka Essuman, and General Secretary of JUSAG, Yakubu Abdulai:

“That JUSAG shall suspend the ongoing strike and all pending industrial actions for two (2) weeks ending on 12th June, 2023.

And “That during the period of the suspension of the strike, the Parties shall negotiate in good faith, conclude and make the necessary arrangements for payment of the reviewed salaries and related allowances of staff of the Judicial Service in the month of June 2023.”

The Government, represented by the Office of the President, the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, the Office of the Attorney General, and the Ministry of Justice, as well as the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana, represented by the National Executive Board, attended the meeting on May 29, 2023, which was held in the conference room of the Ministry of Environment and Labour Relations.

The Association’s leadership has declared that the indefinite strike will be suspended in accordance with this agreement and following a meeting with the Judicial Service Management.

Since then, JUSAG has urged all members to report back to work on Tuesday, May 30, six days after the strike was announced.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

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