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JUSUN vows to continue strike despite CJN’s plea

THE plea by Ibrahim Muhammad, Chief Justice of Nigeria, to the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), to call off its one-month old strike appears not to move union leaders.

On Wednesday, May 19, JUSUN leaders resolved to sustain the strike action despite  Muhamad’s plea after their meeting with Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment,  on Tuesday, May 18.

The CJN had urged court workers to end their strike to allow for further negotiations over implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary.

Rising from it National Executive Council, NEC, meeting in Abuja, on Wednesday, the union commended the CJN, Ngige and others for their interventions but resolved to sustain the industrial action.

In a communiqué signed by I. M. Adetola, national deputy president, and Emmanuel Abioye, General Secretary, JUSUN stressed it will continue with the ongoing strike until the provision of the constitution in contention which is non-negotiable is fully complied with.

The union also resolved to deal with any state found not fully complying with its directive on the ongoing strike action while urging its members to remain resolute.

It warned that no member of any branch or chapter of the union should be victimised on account of this ongoing strike.

The communique stated: “NEC-in-session frowns at the attitude of some state Chief Judges on their anti-constitutional disposition on the full implementation of the financial autonomy of the Judiciary.”

Also, it condemned Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna State governor, for declaring Ayuba Wabba, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, wanted.

JUSUN leaders are also unhappy with “the continued anti-labour disposition of the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi and therefore demands for immediate payment of the withheld August 2020 salary and release of check off dues accruing to the union.”




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