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JUSAG threatens indefinite strike over salary increment in Ghana

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The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if the government does not approve an increase in their salaries and pay arrears from January 2023. The association has given the government until May 12, 2023, to meet their demands; failure to do so will result in an indefinite strike.

In a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of the National Labour Commission, JUSAG’s General Secretary, Abdulai Yakubu, noted that the government had failed to approve the reviewed salaries and related allowances for staff of the Judicial Service in line with Article 149 of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.

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JUSAG acknowledges the country’s economic challenges and the withdrawal of the Cost of Living Allowance in December 2022 but stressed that their members had shown patience for the past four months.

If the government fails to approve the new salaries, JUSAG members will wear red armbands to work from May 15, 2023, for one week. If there is still no approval by May 19, 2023, the association will embark on an indefinite strike.

The JUSAG General Secretary called on the government to urgently review their salaries, stating that members of the Judicial Service, the third arm of government that provided critical services, were dissatisfied with their salaries.

It is important to note that JUSAG’s demands are not unreasonable, and their members have shown immense patience over the past two years and four months. Salaries play a crucial role in ensuring that workers are motivated to provide quality services, and this is particularly important in the judicial sector, where the administration of justice is critical to the country’s development.

For the most part, the government needs to prioritize the welfare of its workers, particularly those providing essential services. The judiciary is a crucial arm of government that plays a critical role in maintaining law and order in the country. Therefore, it is important to ensure that its workers are adequately remunerated to avoid disruptions that could have adverse consequences on justice delivery.

 

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