Judiciary workers, Polytechnic lecturers suspend strike

…Courts to re-open on Monday

After over two months, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, (JUSUN), has suspended its industrial action.

According to a source at the Supreme Court yesterday, JUSUN’s decision to suspend the strike action was due to the intervention of both Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad and the National Judicial Council, (NJC).

When contacted, the media aide to the CJN, Ahuraka Isah, further confirmed the report, adding that JUSUN has already directed its members to resume work on Monday.

The union had embarked on the strike on April 6, shutting down all courts nationwide, to demand financial autonomy for the judiciary in States.

Recall that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, had earlier approached the CJN to seek his intervention in the matter.

The National Judicial Council, (NJC), had, at a meeting with JUSUN leaders on Tuesday, with the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, urged the striking court workers to put an end to the industrial action in the interest of the country and the suffering court users.

JUSUN’s NEC said it resolved to suspend the strike after considering a whole lot of issues, including the intervention of the NJC and other stakeholders.

JUSUN commended the CJN and all heads of courts “for their patience and understanding throughout the period of the industrial action.”

It also commended the “effort of the NJC in making sure that the governors obey the memorandum of action (MoA), judgments and agreement on the financial autonomy of the Judiciary.”

The communiqué was jointly signed by JUSUN’s Deputy President, Emmanuel Abioye and General Secretary, I. M. Adetola.

In a related development, the Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnics, (ASUP), has suspended its 65-day-old strike.

According to a statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi Yalwa, the suspension of the strike will take effect from June 10.

The decision to suspend the strike followed an appraisal of the report indicating the gradual implementation of the items contained in the Memorandum of Action signed between the Union and the Federal Government.

In reaching the decision to suspend the strike, the union said it took into cognizance the appeals made by the government, revered traditional stools in the country, members of the National Assembly, Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Polytechnics and members of the public who showed varied interests in the matter.

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