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June 17, 2015

Edo JUSUN strike: Industrial Court restrains gov, JSC from sacking members

Edo JUSUN strike: Industrial Court restrains gov, JSC from sacking members

Oshiomhole

By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN—THE National Industrial Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State, has restrained the governor of Edo State, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and the Edo State Judicial Service Commission from terminating the appointments of members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, who have been on strike since January 2015, pending determination of the motion on notice in their suit.

Also restrained were the Attorney General of the Federation and the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, who are also respondents in the suit by Uyi Ogieriakhi, leader of JUSUN in Edo State.

After hearings from counsel for the claimant, trial judge, Justice A. Ubaka, restrained the respondents, whether by themselves, their servants, agents or privies from terminating the appointments and advertising the positions of JUSUN members.

The court also barred the respondents from filling the positions of the workers on account of the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by members of JUSUN, pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

“It is further ordered that the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants are hereby restrained from carrying out anything that will lead to the termination of the appointment of the claimant/applicant’s members or advertise their position and or fill same on account of the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the claimant/applicant’s members pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction filed in this case,” the judge said.

Justice Ubaka adjourned further hearing on the case till June 23, 2015.

It will be recalled that the Edo State Judicial Service  Commission had, in a statement last week by Mr. Issac Sanu, Secretary of the Commission, ordered all judiciary workers in the state to report for duty on June 10, 2015 or face dismissal.