The Ashanti Regional branch of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has asked government to immediately intervene in the strike by the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG).
Regional Chair, Kwame Owusu Sekyere, says the strike will delay court proceedings and leave patrons stranded if the government fails to step in.
“I’m worried in the sense that it’s affecting the administration of justice in the region, if their strike is nationwide then it’s the nation. But this morning for instance we have a lot of cases that we’re supposed to do, we have to file processes that have to be done within time because the proceedings are regulated by law,” he told JoyNews.
“When you want to file any process, there is a specific time limit within which you file, so if you come here and you want to file and it’s not here what happens to that process.”
“And then those who are on remand and are supposed to be brought to court for them to get justice, by way of application for bail and others, they cannot come, so what happens is that people’s rights will be affected,” he said.
Persons left stranded also want JUSAG to rescind their decision. One of them expressed his disappointment in an interview with Luv FM’s Nana Boakye Yiadom.
“Today I’m very sad because I’ve travelled all the way from Sefwi Bekwai to file papers in the court, we heard the news last night, and it was very late so we thought they weren’t going to implement it, but to our surprise, it’s in full implementation that they’re not going to work,” he lamented.
Leadership of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG), has announced an indefinite strike of its members.
The industrial action takes effect on Thursday, May 24.
JUSAG leaders Wednesday afternoon summoned members to an emergency meeting, ostensibly to declare the indefinite strike, after ultimatums issued government to address demands for the approval of salary increases and payment of arrears from January 2023 expired on May 19.
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