By Cecil Mensah
The leadership of Ghana Bar Association (GBA), the umbrella body of lawyers in the country has described the strike action by the members of the Judicial Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) as unfortunate.
According to a statement signed by the president of the association Benson Nutsukpui, the adjudication of cases nationwide has been rendered impossible and work in the courts have been grounded by their actions.
‘’The association is of the view, the developments at the courts are unfortunate considering its adverse effect on the administration of justice in the country’’. The statement added
The statement issued in Accra said as a result of the strike action citizens seeking justice has been deprived.
The statement further expressed concerns about the cause of the strike action noting that it is important that the government and the National
Labour Commission attendto and address the issues with dispatch to avoid the unfortunate consequences.
The association entreated the government to immediately expedite actions on all the matters relating to the implementation of the consolidated salaries of the Judicial Service once and for all.
The association expressed its sympathy with the course of JUSAG adding that the association is concerned about the cause of the action.
The statement explained that the implementation of the consolidated salaries of JUSAG members have been long –standing and should have been conclusively resolved much earlier as such labour matters, if not addressed timeously leads to industrial actions.
The statement further appealed to members of the JUSAG to resume work while their leaders negotiate with the government through the Fair Wages Commission to pursue their legitimate claims.
‘We are of the firm believed that as major shareholders in the justice delivery system JUSAG will heed our plea and call off the strike’ statement added.