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Imo judicial workers threaten strike

By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—Judiciary workers in Imo State may down tools if the state government fails to implement the approved package for all judiciary staff nationwide.

Confirming this to newsmen in Owerri, the Chairman, Imo State Branch of Judiciary Services Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Mr. Iyke Mirikwe, also said that the patience of staff was wearing out fast.

“The Union is not demanding any new salary structure. Our demand merely borders on allowances that are peculiar to judiciary staff nationwide”, Mirikwe said.

He insisted that approval had been given almost two years ago but regretted that because of failure to implement the recommendation, JUSUN embarked on nationwide strike last December.

“Imo did not join in that strike due to our respect for the state government and particularly the state Chief Judge, who has been a source of encouragement to Imo judiciary staff”, Mirikwe said.

The labour leader said that the pressure on the union leaders was becoming unbearable, stressing that if nothing was done on or before September 24, 2009, workers will down tools.


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