The National Executive Council of the Judicial Service Association of Ghana (JUSAG) has said its members will remain on strike in demand for the implementation of the negotiated salary reviews by the Judicial Council despite a declaration of the strike as “illegal” by the National Labour Commission and a directive from their management to “immediately” return to work.
The courts and legal services have come to a halt following the declaration of an indefinite strike by the group after a meeting on Tuesday until concerns of their allowance and salary discrepancies were duly addressed.
As a result of the strike, court clerks, recorders and other staff failed to show up for work on Wednesday.
In a statement by the Judicial Service ordering JUSAG to call off the strike, it also said: “All judges and magistrates are also requested to attend to work as usual. Management advises the general public that all courts are functioning and are open for service”.
However, a counter-statement released on Thursday, 14 November 2019 and signed by the General Secretary of JUSAG, Mr Derrick Annan, said its attention “has been drawn to a press statement issued by the Judicial Secretary dated 13 November 2019 declaring our strike as illegal and directing our members to go to work.”
It continued that it “respectfully” disagrees with “the position taken by management” and indicated that its “members shall, therefore, remain on strike to demand the implementation of the negotiated salary reviews done by the Judicial Council.”