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Abia judicial workers threaten strike

By  Anayo Okoli

Umuahia—ABIA State judicial workers have given the government till October 30, to return to the negotiation table on the new salary structure demanded by the workers or they would embark on an indefinite strike from Monday, November 2.According to the workers, the strike will aralyse the courts in the 17 local government areas of the state.

Abia State chairman of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, Mr. Lambert Onuoha, disclosed this after an emergency meeting of the workers on the premises of the High Court in the state. Onuoha said that the judicial workers have suffered enough.

Onuoha, who addressed his members at a meeting, which had in attendance,  the Abia State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Lucky Akabuike,  challenged the judicial workers to brace up for a long battle ahead.

According to him, the judicial workers’ allowance package includes dressing, locus, hazard and interpretation. He explained that their earlier planned strike action was called off following Governor Theodore Orji’s plea for time.

He regretted that the state government had not done anything positive since then and vowed that nothing would stop the strike, except government does something meaningful to address their demands, adding that the strike had been approved by State Congress and National Working Committee of the union in the state.


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