Attorney General (AG), Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, has directed members of the Association of State Attorneys (ASA) to resume regular work duties by Friday, October 21st after a circular issued by the AG's department and signed by the Chief Director of the department found the strike to be illegal.
Mr. Ebenezer Owusu Ansah, the Ministry of Justice Public Relations Officer, questioned the validity of the most recent strike stating that their grievances were being discussed in order to find a solution.
According to a source in the Association of State Attorneys, their main concerns aren't their salaries, but rather the NLC's (National Labor Commission) lack of enforcement of an award given in favor of state attorney's on September 28th, 2015, to provide pensions for them and take into account their years of service already spent at their posts.
According to sources in the Association of State Attorneys, contrary to the public relations officer's account in the media, conditions of service for state attorneys have not been harmonized with that of the lower courts, as instructed to do by the National Labor Commission, "And for a whole year since the award was given, they have ignored or avoided all our calls for them to do so".
"The only outstanding issue is enforcement, but they are trying to reopen the hearing by instructing us to re-submit the evidence. We have refused, and thus they have declared our strike illegal."
According to Mr. Ebenezer Owusu, should the strike continue till Friday, all striking members will lose all remuneration due to the come the end of the month.