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General News of Sunday, 22 May 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

JUSSAG strike illegal – Labour Commission

The National Labour Commission (NLC) has described as illegal an ongoing strike by members of the Judicial Service Staff Association (JUSSAG).

JUSSAG last week laid down their tools over what they say is government’s failure to implement the consolidation of salaries and allowances for its members.

JUSSAG said it can no longer deal with the government’s lackadaisical attitude towards their demands and are therefore withdrawing their services till the matter is resolved.

But speaking to Citi News, the newly appointed Executive Secretary of NLC Lawyer, Charles Adongo Bawa Duah said the strike is illegal since JUSSAG failed to give the NLC prior notice before laying down their tools.

Mr. Duah further expressed his disappointment at the leadership of JUSAG and urged them to call off the strike.

“The Commission came to the conclusion that the intended strike was illegal and must not take place…by the provisions of the Labour Act, any organization, worker or union which intends to embark on a strike must notify the Labour Commission not later than seven days before the strike . Now it was clear that JUSSAG had not served any notice so the Commission decided that by failing to notify the appropriate authority, their [JUSSAG] strike was illegal.”

JUSSAG embarked on a similar strike in April which lasted for a day and was called off after assurances from the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations to ensure the quick implementation of their concerns.