Strike
strike

A nationwide strike launched by Ghana’ s state attorneys has virtually crippled the country’s court proceedings, local media reported here Wednesday.

Strike
strike

As a result, all cases being handled by state attorneys have been adjourned indefinitely.
Areas affected by the strike are the Attorney General’s Department, Economic and Organized Crime Office, Land Title Registry, Council for Law Reporting, the Copy Rights Office, Legal Aid, as well as departments and agencies where the services of state attorneys are required.

According to the state-run Daily Graphic, “only criminal cases being prosecuted by the police were heard by the courts”.

On Monday, the state attorneys laid down their tools to “demand an increment and a harmonization of their salaries and benefits with those of judges at the lower courts with effect from 2012”.

They are also calling for the payment of their fuel, clothing and leave allowances that have not been paid over the past six months, and for placement under the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).
They also complained of lack of logistics such as personal computers, printers and other logistics to enhance their work.

The president of the Association of State Attorneys, Francisca Tete-Mensah, told local media they were prepared to fight for what was due them.

“It has taken us a long time to get to where we are now and they (government officials) are not ready to call us when there is nothing on the table. We are embarking on a legal strike. We have followed every procedure to make it legal,” she added.

Meanwhile Ghana’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong, and some government officials are meeting with the striking state attorneys to resolve the issues. Enditem

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