The majority of persons who use the courts in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region, have been left stuck and perplexed because no one is there to help them.
The Judicial Staff Association (JUSAG) members started an indefinite statewide strike on Thursday, leaving lawyers and litigants who visited the various courts stuck.
Jacob Agyenim Boateng of OTEC News noticed that the normal bustling scene at the courts was absent because JUSAG members could see that the strike was being fully observed.
JUSAG stated that they are starting the industrial action to make their demand for the government to review their wages clear in a press release that was copied to OTEC News.
JUSAG’s Ashanti Regional Secretary, Mr. Ntansah, stated during an interview on “Nyansapo” that the strike is the result of a dispute between the government and JUSAG regarding their salary.”According to the constitution, the President, acting on the advice of the Judicial Council, must review the salaries of the judicial service staff, and by convention, review is required every two years.”
“As we speak now, the President has failed to implement the recommendation by the Judicial Council on February 2023 for the salary review”.
Because of this, starting on Thursday, May 25, 2023, none of the Judicial Service’s employees aside from security personnel will report to work.
Meanwhile, other locals stuck outside Kumasi’s Appeals Court urged the two sides to work out their problems.
They stated that if the strike is not called off, it will negatively impact their life and their legal cases.