State Attorneys at AG’s Dept. declare indefinite strike

State attorneys at the Attorney General’s Department have declared a nationwide strike over what they describe as poor conditions of service.

According to them, government has not taken them seriously since discussion on this issue commenced over a year ago.

National Secretary to the state attorneys, Charles Ofori in an interview on Accra-based Joy FM said, “we have withdrawn our service, we are not going to court and we are not going to do any legal work beginning immediately.”

The State Attorneys said they were shocked when Deputy Communications Minister, Ato Sarpong, met them on Monday only to be told “he (Ato Sarpong) was hearing of their concerns for the very first time.”

This the state attorneys say surprised them, adding that “the deputy minister is also saying that they are now going to set up a committee to look into their concerns.”

Charles Ofori further indicated “we’ve had enough and we are going on legal strike. We are lawyers, we know what to do, we have spoken and informed the National Labour Commission and we have started the strike.”

He lamented that other ranks of officials at the Attorney General’s office who are yet to be rationalized, included “Chief State, Principal State Attorneys, Senior State Attorneys, State Attorneys and Assistant State Attorney.”

A total of 151 lawyers which makes up the number of State Attorneys countrywide, are embarking on the strike which would affect almost all legal processes at the Attorney General’s Department.

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana

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