The Judicial Service Workers Association of Ghana (JUSAG) has threatened industrial action if government fails to address concerns about what they term as poor conditions of service, including rent allowance.
The workers say government has turned deaf ears to their plight over the years, leaving them with no option than to endure the harsh working conditions.
They maintain they can no longer take any more of those working conditions and demand their share of the national cake with a threat to strike if nothing is done about their concerns.
Speaking on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM, Alex Nartey, president of JUSAG said: “Government and its functionaries want to treat the Judiciary and the judicial service like any other organ but we are not the same. We play a unique role, when anybody has an issue they say we are going to court. What are they coming to the court to do when the logistical needs of the judiciary and judicial service are non -existent? And nobody is handling the issues with the agency it requires. The key people that have to answer questions and take direct action to promote the work of the Judiciary are either afraid or have no respect for the Judiciary.”
He added: “When the Judiciary or the judicial service sends a budget to Parliament, it shouldn’t even be reviewed. We all concede we need to be prudent and control spending, but before they bring the cut and sealing, do they do any scientific study of the needs of the Judiciary and the judicial service before they determine those cut off points? Somebody sits at the Ministry of Finance and decides to do just anything because they have been entrusted to manage the economy without being objective and sincere with the Judiciary.”