“The decision had been that we embark on the sit down strike from tomorrow but this morning a very respectable person in the society came and invited us to a table and noted that he was going to see to the release of our allowances,” Chairman of the Judicial Service Workers Association Mr Francis Brakwah said in an interview on Citi FM’s news analysis programme, Eyewitness News.
Members of the Judicial Service Association of Ghana (JUSAG) threatened to embark on strike on Monday over accrued subventions from last year.
The Association claims government is in arrears for four months and nothing has so far been paid.
According to Mr Francis Brakwah, “government is supposed to review the subvention monthly; by monthly installments and we are in the fourth month of the year already and not even a pesewa has been released by the government.”
According to him, despite promises by the Employment and Labour Minister that the Finance Minister would be present for a meeting on Monday to resolve the issue, he (Finance Minister) absented himself.
“At the end of the day, he promised that he was going to consult the Minister of Finance so we gave him up to Monday… Monday is passed [and] that is why we met yesterday to take a decision as to the next line of action until unfortunately we had that intervention” he said.
“We know the kind of person we are talking about and we are giving the very respectable person the benefit of the doubt.
Let’s wait until the Friday. The promise is still ongoing but if nothing is heard from the government, then definitely on Monday we have to embark on the strike” he said.