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Judiciary Staff Union calls off 35-day strike action, to resume work Monday

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The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) on Wednesday called off its 35-da old industrial action over financial autonomy for the third arms of government.

Judiciary workers had on April 6 embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike in protest against the denial of the judiciary its constitutionally guaranteed financial autonomy which was also affirmed by a Federal High Court in January 2014.

The strike had resorted to overcrowding at police detention facilities across the country as the strike had prevented the police and other law enforcement agencies from arraigning suspects in courts why many lawyers also complain of the impact of the strike on their economies.

However, in a communique issued at the end of its emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, the NEC-in-session thanked the Chief Justice of the Federation and all heads of courts for their patience and understanding throughout the period of the industrial action.

The communique which was signed by the Deputy President of the union, Emmanuel Abioye and General Secretary, Isaiah Adetola, the union condemned the actions of the governors of Kaduna, Plateau and Benue States for withholding salaries of judiciary workers in their various states for the duration of the strike and urge all governors involved to restore the salaries of the workers.

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It, however, commended the effort of the NJC in making sure that the governors obey the Memorandum of Action, judgment and agreement on the financial autonomy of the judiciary.

JUSUN said it agreed that there shall be the introduction of peculiar allowance throughout the state and federal courts.

It hinted that it discussed extensively and after putting so many issues into consideration such as the intervention of NJC and other stakeholders, the NEC has resolved that the strike is hereby suspended.

It pleaded with the NJC, the Presidential Implementation Committee, Attorney General of the Federation, Accountant-General of the Federation and all stakeholders to ensure that the issue of Judiciary financial autonomy is laid to rest finally as provided for in Section 81 (3), 121 (3), and 162(9), of -1999 Constitution as amended.

The NEC-in-session frowned at the deduction of salary of JUSUN members of Bayelsa State and request that the deducted sum be restored forthwith.

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