The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) has threatened to embark on an extended strike if a salary raise and back pay from January 2023 are not granted for them in a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of the National Labour Commission.
The government has until Friday, May 12, 2023, to approve and implement revised salary with all of the arrears from January 2023, according to the letter, which was signed by Abdulai Yakubu, the general secretary of JUSAG. If this is not done, the association would go on strike.
The letter made reference to an earlier letter from the President dated May 5, 2023, asking for approval of the Judicial Council’s recommendation regarding the review of salaries and related allowances for staff members of the Judicial Service in accordance with Article 149 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution.
The message acknowledged the nation’s economic difficulties and the end of the Cost of Living Allowance in December 2022, but it also commended JUSAG members for their patience over the previous four months.
JUSAG has reissued its notification to the National Labour Commission, informing it that members would start wearing red armbands to work on May 15, 2023, for one week, if the approval is not granted by the deadline.
The letter further states that if no approval is received by May 19, 2023, JUSAG will embark on an indefinite strike. The association’s leadership urged the President to act swiftly to prevent adverse consequences to justice delivery.
Read the letter below: