The workers of the Judicial Service of Ghana have announced an indefinite strike action over the government’s delay in approving and implementing their revised salaries and allowances.
The Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) said in a statement that the government has been dishonest and unresponsive to their demands for better conditions of service and emoluments.
The Association said it submitted its proposal for salary review for 2023-2024 to the Judicial Council on October 31, 2022, for its advice to the President as required by Articles 149 and 158(2) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
The Association also said it was unhappy with the withdrawal of the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) that was introduced in July 2022 for all public sector workers, including staff of the Judicial Service, due to the economic hardship in the country.
The Association said it has endured enough suffering and mistreatment and has decided to embark on strike effective May 24.
“We can no longer bear it. An empty sack cannot stand upright. The National Executive Council of JUSAG, upon consultations with the Judicial Service Ladies Association of Ghana, Senior Staff Association (SSAJUG), Driver Association, Finance Staff Association, and all stakeholders who matter, HEREBY DECLARE AN INDEFINITE STRIKE.”