This is why courts in Ghana have been shut down
The members of the Judicial Service Staff Association of Ghana (JUSAG) are currently on strike, causing the judicial system in Ghana to come to a halt.
According to the Constitution of Ghana (1992), the salaries, allowances, and other conditions of service for the staff of the Judicial Service, represented by JUSAG, are determined by the President of Ghana based on advice from the Judicial Council in consultation with the Public Services Commission.
On May 10, 2023, a meeting was scheduled by the National Labour Commission (NLC), inviting JUSAG, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, the Minister of Labour and Employment Relations, and the Management of the Judicial Service. The Chief of Staff at the Office of the President was also copied in the communication.
JUSAG and the Management of the Judicial Service attended the hearing before the Commission on May 10, 2023, starting at 11:30 am.
Additionally, along with the demand for a salary review, JUSAG is requesting the Management of the Judicial Service to carry out promotions and upgrades for staff members, effective from January 2023.
In light of consultations with the Judicial Service Ladies Association of Ghana (JUSLAG), Senior Staff Association (SSAJUG), Driver Association, Finance Staff Association, and other relevant stakeholders, the National Executive Council of JUSAG has declared an indefinite strike. They emphasize that any staff member who receives threats from the management to report to work or perform official duties during the strike should refuse and report the matter to JUSAG.