The National Labour Commission (NLC) has accused the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) of acting in bad faith by initiating an indefinite strike to address salary concerns.
The NLC claims that JUSAG refused to attend a crucial meeting with the employment ministry and other stakeholders, which was specifically arranged to address their concerns regarding the implementation of revised salaries.
Refusal to Engage in Dialogue
Despite being aware of the scheduled meeting, JUSAG withdrew from the proceedings on Tuesday, citing the unavailability of their legal counsel. However, to the surprise of many, the association went ahead and declared an indefinite strike without participating in the meeting.
This move by JUSAG has raised questions about their willingness to cooperate and engage in meaningful dialogue.
Ultimatum and Work Disruption
Prior to the strike, JUSAG had given the government a five-day ultimatum to address their concerns. Failing to receive a satisfactory response, the association proceeded to lay down their tools, leading to disruptions in the judicial service.
This action reflects the frustration and determination of JUSAG to address their grievances.
In response to JUSAG’s strike, the executive secretary of the NLC, Ofosu Asamoah, expressed disappointment with the association’s lack of cooperation. Asamoah highlighted that despite the NLC’s insistence on JUSAG’s presence at the meeting, the association claimed their lawyer’s absence as the reason for non-participation.
However, JUSAG’s subsequent decision to declare a strike contradicts their initial plea to delay the case until their legal counsel is available.
The Way Forward
The NLC has issued a notice to the presidency and the ministry, requesting action within two weeks and a subsequent report to the commission.
If the matter remains unresolved within this timeframe, the commission will proceed to hear the case and make a determination.
This turn of events has left JUSAG with a critical decision to make: to either pursue their demands through established channels or risk further conflicts by resorting to strikes.