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Minister: Gov’t will avert future judicial service strike

Date published: Saturday, 2nd April 2016

Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu

Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu has said government will work to stop future strike by the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG).

He said this has become necessary because of the critical and essential role the association plays in justice delivery in the country.

Speaking at the end of government’s crunch meeting with JUSSAG executives on April 1 at the old Supreme Court room, Mr Iddrisu said government will consider reviewing the country's policy on judicial and legal services to make it difficult for the association to strike in the future.

On March 31, executives of JUSSAG declared a nationwide strike starting April 1 due to what they described as the failure of government to implement the consolidation of salaries and allowances of the staff of the Judicial Service.

Addressing a news conference, President of JUSSAG, Alex Nartey said: “After a painstaking period of consideration, the Judicial Council forwarded the approved salaries in June 2015 to the government for implementation.

However, after 10 months, the government is yet to implement the approved salaries”.

But Mr Iddrisu said it will be unfortunate for the government to allow the association's strike to continue considering the harm it has caused to access to justice in the country.

"What will be the fate of anybody who has a case in the court which will have to be halted as a result of JUSSAG strike?" he asked adding it is unfair for people who have issues in the court to be denied justice.

“We’ve lost today but we should not add to it”, he said urging them to work with government to end future strike by prioritizing their service to the country.

He, however, hinted the government’s negotiation team is ready to meet the leadership of JUSSAG on Monday, April 4 to have their grievances resolved.

He disclosed the government has appointed Deputy Minister of Finance, Cassiel Ato Forson to lead the team.

He lauded leadership of JUSSAG for desisting from insult and offensive words in the course of their engagement with government and used the opportunity to call on the association to be open-minded as it meets the government team for the negotiation.

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