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State Attorneys resume duty after three-month strike

The Association of State Attorneys has called off its three-month strike and would resume work today, Monday, January 23, 2017.
The State Attorneys declared a strike in October 2016 over government’s failure to meet its demand for improved conditions of service.

The Attorney-General’s office described the strike as illegal, and further directed them to return to work by Tuesday, January 3, 2017, or be “considered as having vacated post.”

The state attorneys, however, insisted that their strike was legal and hence will not return to work.

But appearing before the Appointments Committee of parliament on Saturday for vetting, the Attorney General-nominee revealed that the president, Nana Akufo-Addo had intervened in the matter and has succeeded in persuading the State Attorneys to return to work.

Francisca Tete-Mensah, president of the Association of State Attorneys has said that “based on that [meeting with President], we asked him to put it [assurances] on paper…and he directed his executive secretary to give us that paper.”
“We received the letter Friday so we called off the strike,” she said on Accra-based Joy FM.

She said the agreement reached with the government was dated September 28, 2015, and is supposed to take retrospective effect from 2012.
She, however, indicated that the Association “would now have to sit down and look at how we would go about it for the enforcement to take place.”

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