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We won't return to work, JUSAG defies Judicial secretary's directive 

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh

The Judicial Service Staff Association (JUSAG) has defied directives from the Judicial Service Secretariat to call off its indefinite strike and return to work. 

According to the secretariat, the strike by JUSAG is illegal and hence should resume work today.

“Management of the Judicial Service has noted with concern, that in spite of the National Labour Commission on the 12th of November 2029 declaring the intended strike of Judicial Service Staff Association (JUSAG) illegal, JUSAG proceeded to embark upon strike action on 13th November 2019. We, therefore, call on all staff of the Judicial Service to report to work with immediate effect.”

“All Judges and Magistrates are also requested to attend to work as usual. Management advises the general public that all courts are functioning and are open for service”, the statement directed.

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However, in response, JUSAG said its members will continue to stay away from work until further notice.

“The National Executive Council of JUSAG have sighted a press statement by the Judicial Secretary dated 13th November  2019.

We, RESPECTFULLY, disagree with the position taken by Management. Our members shall remain on strike until further notice”.

Labour Commission

The National Labour Commission, NLC has described the strike action by the Judicial Service Staff Association (JUSAG) as illegal.

A statement signed by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Hon. Ofosu Asamoah declared the intended strike action by JUSAG as being contrary to section 161 of the Labour Act, 2003 (Act 651) and consequently illegal.

The Labour Commission exercising its powers under section 139 of Act 651, directed JUSAG to refrain from embarking on the strike or any intended industrial action and further directed them to comply with its earlier directives.'