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Judges threaten Akufo-Addo: Review our salaries or we embark on strike action

BY JONATHAN ADJEI

THE ASSOCIATION of Magistrates and Judges of Ghana has cautioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to immediately review the salaries of lower court judges or face their wrath.

The judges have vowed to carry out their threat and embark on a strike early next month, if their demands are not met.

According to the association, the president, who is also an astute lawyer, knows he must fix the situation as required by law.

The Government has failed over the last four years to review the salaries of lower court judges despite several calls on it to do so, a situation they say was having dire effect on their lives.

Speaking to the media, President of the Association, Justice Victor Ofoe, insisted it was not an absurdity for judges to embark on strike since it had been done in other African countries and, as a matter of fact, was not alien to them.

“If the system for reviewing salaries appears to be breaking down, then our resolve not to go on strike should also break down. We’ve heard of strikes in Zambia, Tanzania and the rest. And they keep on pointing out that you people say judges don’t go on strike, but is it not strike that is being undertaken in Zambia and Tanzania?

“What is so special with our stomach that if we are being cheated, we should say no strike and be going hungry? If Zambia and Tanzania can go on strike and be getting their results, the matter is a very simple one,” Justice Victor Ofoe said.

Source: www.dailyheritage.com.gh

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