Gov’t to shift ground in another JUSSAG meeting
The government is expected to soften its position as it meets the leadership of the Judicial Service Staff Association (JUSSAG), Joy News has gathered.
The meeting which takes place on May 30 is expected to end in favour of the Association.
The last meeting between the Association and the Employment and Labour Relations Minister, Haruna Iddrisu ended in deadlock.
JUSSAG has been on strike since May 20 over what Judicial service workers have described as the failure of the governments of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to implement the consolidation of salaries and allowances recommended by the Judicial Council.
This is the longest strike declared by the Association after series of two brief strikes in March and April.
The 10-day strike has hampered justice delivery across the country as police prosecutors, litigants, and lawyers have been left disillusioned whilst the Supreme Court, the court complex and other courts remained closed.
Speaking to Joy News ahead of the meeting, General Secretary of JUSSAG, Derrick Annan disclosed the Association expects nothing but good news.
He said they have been told to expect a letter from the government which would be delivered by the Employment minister at the said meeting.
Annan did not mince words when he said “Our expectation has been clear that government approves the Judicial Council consolidated salary and then we look at the mode of implementation.”
“So what we are looking for is the assent of His Excellency the President and the timeline for the implementation,” he continued.
The outcome of the meeting will decide if the Association will call off its strike or otherwise.