Judiciary Workers Call Off Strike Action

Members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, called off their three-week old strike yesterday Sunday, directing all their members who work in the federal courts to resume work on Monday.

Speaking with the press after the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the union yesterday, Adamu Marwan, JUSUN president, stated that the decision was taken to dispel growing rumours that the strike was politically motivated.

According to Marwan, the decision implies that the Supreme Court, the various divisions of the Court of Appeal, the Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court across the country will resume work today.



    In addition, workers in all courts in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and all federal judiciary institutions, including the National Judicial Institute, the National Judicial Council and the Federal Judicial Service Commission are also expected to resume work on Monday.

    However, the resumption to work of workers in the state judiciary across the nation remains subject to the outcome of a meeting scheduled to hold between JUSUN  and stakeholders such as President of the Nigerian Bar Association, the Forum of Court Chief Registrars and the Body of State Attorneys-Generals on Monday at the Supreme Court, Abuja.

    Judiciary workers had been on strike since January 5, demanding the implementation of a judgment delivered by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja in 2014 affirming the status of financial autonomy for the judiciary and abolishing meagre funding by the executive arm.

    The 2014 judgment also ordered the Accountant-General of the Federation, AGF, to deduct funds standing to the credit of the judiciary in the Federation Account and remit same directly to the various heads of court.


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