The National Labour Commission (NLC) has summoned the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) and government representatives to appear before them today.
This comes in response to plans by JUSAG members to launch an indefinite strike, citing the government’s inability to approve and implement a proposal for salary increment.
JUSAG claims that the delay in the approval of their proposed salary review, as well as related allowances, has led to the worsening economic conditions of its members. Both parties will have the opportunity to present their arguments before the NLC.
Speaking to journalists, the General Secretary of JUSAG, Yakubu Abdulai said the group remains resolute with its demands.
“Our demands are very clear, how does he feel about the decrease in salary of his workers, with the withdrawal of their COLA? Prices keep increasing, new taxes are being introduced, and the real value of money decreased. Government knew what we were going through, were they waiting for us to strike before they invite us to the table for negotiations?”
“I don’t think that is the way to go, so our expectation is that something positive will come up when we get there. The NLC should convince government to give us the necessary approval we are looking for and have it implemented. That is the surest way of having this issue resolved,” the General Secretary of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana underscored.
JUSAG gave the government a five-day ultimatum to act on a proposal submitted by the Judicial Council on salary increments of its members.
The General Secretary of JUSAG also noted that the National Labour Commission has the legal backing to invite conflicting parties for an amicable resolution of conflicts, but the Association will not back down on its demand for salary increments.
He disclosed that the Association is “a law-abiding organisation and we will honour the invitation”.