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Judiciary staff threaten to resume strike

By Demola Akinyemi

Ilorin— As the 14-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) to meet its demands for new pay package expires, another nationwide industrial action looms in the judiciary.

The union accused government of insensitivity and non-challant attitude towards  meeting their demands, having suspended the strike early this year.

Judiciary staff in January called off its over one month old strike following government declaration of its readiness to meet the union’s demands.

Mrs. Victoria Laaro, Chairman of JUSUN, Kwara State branch who spoke with newsmen in Ilorin, said the decision to resume the strike was taken at the just concluded National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja.

“At the NEC meeting of the JUSUN held between October 2 and 3, 2009, in Abuja, we issued a fresh ultimatum with effect from today (yesterday) for the implementation of the new Consolidated Judiciary Salary Structure (CONJUSS) at both federal and state government levels. Failure to comply, we shall resume the suspended strike,” she said.

According to her, the union frowned at the refusal of federal and other states to take steps in ensuring the implementation of CONJUSS, since February, when the new salary structure was forwarded to them for implementation.

Laaro, who accused government of “insincerity” in fulfilling the terms of the agreement entered into with the union early this year said only Adamawa and Jigawa states had approved the pay.


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