[BREAKING NEWS]: JUSAG Calls Off Strike
The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) has called off their indefinite strike, which commenced on May 24, 2023.
JUSAG initiated the indefinite strike following the expiration of government ultimatums to address their demands for salary increases and the payment of arrears due members from January 2023.
However, the association has called on members to return to duty after a series of meetings with stakeholders on Monday, May 29.
A statement from JUSAG said the strike has been put on hold for two weeks “to pave the way for engagement among parties in order to fast-track the consideration, approval and payment of the new salaries in the month of June 2023”.
JUSAG accused the government of consistently neglecting the conditions of service and other emoluments owed to its members for over 12 months.
The association also expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s lack of urgency in addressing their proposals for implementing the approved cost of living allowance (COLA) for public sector workers, including judicial service staff.
It will be recalled that the Chief Justice nominee, Gertrude Araba Esaaba Torkornoo, during her vetting process on Friday, May 26, assured that the courts will resume daily operations soon as authorities were finding solutions to the strike action by JUSAG.
The association had previously written to President Akufo-Addo, requesting the approval of the Judicial Council’s recommendation for a review of salaries and related allowances in accordance with Article 149 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
Among their grievances, JUSAG also expressed dissatisfaction with the withdrawal of the Cost of Living Allowance in December 2022, particularly considering the country’s economic challenges.
The association maintained that its members had exercised considerable patience and that their concerns needed to be promptly addressed.