Workers at Ghana’s courts threaten another strike

Workers at Ghana’s courts are the next public sector workers threatening to lay down their tools by Tuesday if government failed to pay their allowances which have been in arrears for several months.

The workers claim all attempts by the leadership of the Judicial Service Staff Association to get government to honour its obligations have been futile.

Their threat comes in the wake of unrest in the public sector labour front in recent times.

Doctors have declared a strike over disagreements in the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure and so too have Pharmacists.

Just when members of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) and National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) suspended their strike, their colleagues who are members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana members also declared a strike.

The unrest has caused lots of disaffection towards government with the presidency as well its state institutions working hard to resolve the crisis.

As mediators try to get the striking doctors and UTAG members back to work, it appears they might have to turn attention to the Judicial service where a case for another strike is simmering.

President of the Judicial Service Staff Association Francis Brakwah told Joy News they can no longer accept government’s lackadaisical attitude to their plight.

According to him, government has “not paid a pesewa” to them the whole of this year and still has arrears for last year to settle.

He said the association alerted the government in a strongly-worded letter the challenges workers of the association were going through and gave an ultimatum for their grievances to be addressed, failure which they will withdraw their services.

He said government has failed to get back to them and they cannot wait any more.

He said the association will be meeting its constituents tomorrow at 2:00 pm and will take a decision which is likely to include a strike action.

Mr Brakwa noted the action could have dire implication on the operations at the various courts in the country.

And with the controversial election petition beckoning, a strike action by the service is likely to affect a smooth hearing.