President of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSSAG), Alex Nartey, has defended their strike saying though it is “regrettable” it was necessary.
[contextly_sidebar id=”9Io8U6X5t459Qk5Goemuxud2Xec8pjod”]Judicial workers have laid down their tools to demand the payment of their accumulated allowances.
They claim government has delayed in paying their outstanding allowances from July 2014 till date adding that all efforts and dialogues to have the matter addressed have proved futile hence the strike.
“As far as we are concerned, we have done the right thing, we have used the required number of days and hours to solicit answers to this question,” JUSSAG President, Alex Nartey insisted on the Citi Breakfast Show on Wednesday.
When asked by show host, Bernard Avle, whether they engaged the National Labour Commission before embarking on the strike, he said, it was not necessary.
“We did not actually need to engage the Labour Commission. This is not a debate or a question as to what is at stake, the issues are clear, and that is why the minister in charge of Labour Relations got involved because he understood this issue perfectly,” he added.
Collapse of Judicial system
Tough he conceded their decision will have an adverse effect on Ghana’s judicial system, he said “I think the implications are obvious and your guess is good as mine and it is regrettable but we need to sit up and do something about it.”
Mr Boateng further insisted that they will only rescind their decision if government settles their allowances.
“Our demand is full payment of the outstanding allowances and I believe that the staff will come back when they are told that all is set and that you have been paid.”
By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana