Labour Unrest State Attorneys call the bluff of AG over salary threat

The Association of State Attorneys declared an indefinite nationwide strike following failure on the part of the government to meet their conditions of service demand.

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State Attorneys have called the bluff of the Attorney General after she threatened to block their October salary.

"Our position is the legal position that should be enforced," President of the Association of State Attorneys, Ms Francisca Takyi Mensah told TV3."We are advising the Labour Commission that when you give award and it’s not enforced, go to the High Court per section 172 to enforce your orders.”

She added: "Instead of sitting down and let us talk in peace, they issue threats against us. When we appear before them and they are rather pampering the respondent, they are not acting by law."

The Association of State Attorneys declared an indefinite nationwide strike following failure on the part of the government to meet their conditions of service demand.

They blamed the Finance Ministry, Attorney General’s Department and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) for not implementing the directive of the National Labour Commission (NLC) for improved conditions of service.

They are demanding payment of their vehicles, consistent salaries, Pension schemes and logistical support.

But the NLC directed the striking State Attorneys to resume work immediately. And the Attorney General Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong also threatened to block their salaries if they don’t resume work as directed by the NLC.

Despite the resolve of the attorneys not to go back to work until their concerns are addressed, the Attorney General’s department is not backing down either.

Relations Officer of the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department Ebenezer Owusu Ansah says, “at the end of the day if you do not come to work you are not going to be paid and that is the directive from the NLC.

"What we are saying is that, come to work and let us resolve this thing amicably if there are any other anomalies, we sit down gentlemanly and sort our issues out,” he advised.

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