Judiciary workers suspends 21-days strike

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Aug 2nd, 2014
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Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) on Friday suspended its 21-day old strike following the intervention of the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu.

This is contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the end of a meeting between the minister and JUSUN leadership in Abuja on Friday.

“The meeting noted that the issues in dispute are constitutional matters in which judgments had been given in a suit No FHC/ABJ/CS/667/13 between JUSUN and the National Judicial Council (NJC).

“The Federal Government was not in breach of the constitution, and therefore, the judgement cannot be enforced against it.

“The state governments are obliged to respect the provision of the 1999 Constitution as amended and comply with the aforementioned judgement of the court,’’ it stated.

The MoU further directed the Technical Committee to work out the modalities for the implementation of the judgement dated Jan. 13, 2014.

It stated that the committee should work out the modalities for implementing the MoU from Friday Aug. 1 to  Monday, Aug. 4.

It, however, added that no JUSUN member shall be victimised for participating in the strike.

The MoU was jointly signed by Nigeria Labour Congress President, Abdulwaheed Omar; JUSUN President, Mustapha Adamu; Director, National Judicial Council, Eugene Odukwu; and Chairman, Accountant General’s Forum, Mr Udo Isobara.

The others were Mr Adetokunbo Kayode, Nigerian Bar Association; Bola Odugbesan, Ministry of Justice; Mrs Chinedu Dike, Ministry of Labour, and Abdullahi Zubair, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

JUSUN embarked on strike on July 11 following state governments’ failure to implement the subsisting judgement of the Federal High Court delivered on Jan. 13, 2014.


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