By Vincent Ujumadu
JUDICIARY workers in Anambra State have called off their strike action which kept courts in the state under lock and key for four months.
A statement signed by the state chairman of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, Comrade Mark Ifezue directed the workers to resume work on Monday, January 4, 2016.
Ifezue told reporters in Awka that the suspension of the strike followed an agreement JUSUN reached with the state government.
Ifezue’s statement read: “Following the resolution of the industrial dispute between the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria and the Anambra State government, as shown in the agreement entered between the parties this 31st day of December , 20015, the industrial action embarked upon by the judiciary workers of Anambra State on the 7th day of September , 2015 is hereby suspended.
“The union appreciates the efforts of the leadership of Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, in Anambra State towards the resolution of the crisis, particularly the committee of the NBA chairmen and secretaries.
“The union, in a special way appreciates the efforts of the intervention group, co-chaired by the emeritus chairman of the NLC, Comrade Charles Onyeagba and Chuka Obele Chuka and we remain grateful to governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano for his understanding.”
Before the suspension of the strike, officials of JUSUN held a meeting with the state government officials, during which it was agreed that the workers’ outstanding September and October, 2015 salaries would be paid in two installments, instead of three installments as government earlier offered.
According to the new agreement, the workers’ December, 2015 salary would be paid upon resumption of work on Monday, while September and October salaries would be paid along with January and February 2016 salaries respectively.
The issue of the Consolidated Judiciary Salary Structure (CONJUSS), which was the basis for the strike, will looked into during the third quarter of 2016, according to the agreement.