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JUSAG threatens strike

BY: Emmanuel Ebo Hawkson
 Mr Alex Nartey, President of JUSAG, speaking at the press conference
Mr Alex Nartey, President of JUSAG, speaking at the press conference

The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG ) says it will embark on strike by the end of the month if the government fails to consolidate the allowances and salaries of its members.

An ultimatum issued by the association on October 13, 2016 elapsed yesterday and the association was expected to embark on strike.

But at a press conference in Accra yesterday, the labour union extended the ultimatum to the end of the month.

Explaining the rationale behind the decision, the President of JUSAG, Mr Alex Nartey, said the extension of the ultimatum was to allow the government to correct the "shortcomings " in its response to the demands of the association.

" The government has forwarded a document to the Judicial Council, signed by the Chief of Staff. The indication is that our conditions of service have been approved by the President but there were shortfalls and in line with negotiation principles, we have given the government till the end of the month to make the corrections.

" The association is surprised at how the government has handled the matter. We believe issues that affect conditions of Judicial Service staff require urgent attention than we have had," he said.

Irate members

The extention of the ultimatum did not go down well with some members of the association.

They expressed their displeasure by heckling  the president when he addressed the press conference.

Others also claimed that the leadership of the association had betrayed them by extending the ultimatum to members.

Threat of strike

Since 2015, JUSAG has embarked on strike on three occasions to press home the demands for consolidation of allowances and salaries of its members.

The recent one was a 10-day strike which was called off by the association on June 1, 2016.

The consolidation of the salaries and allowances of members of JUSAG were approved by the Judicial Council in 2012 but since then, their implementation had stalled despite numerous promises by the government.