JUSUN shuts state judiciary complexes in Enugu *It’s illegal and we pay salaries—govt
MEMBERS of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, Enugu state chapter, on Monday, shut all state owned judiciary complexes in the state and resumed an indefinite strike.
The state High court complex was deserted, same as the magistrate courts with their gates under lock and key.
The staff, lawyers and other members of the public was barred from gaining access into the court complexes until further notice.
Chairman of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, Enugu State chapter, Comrade Chinedum Mba, told newsmen that the embarked strike was a continuation of their suspended strike after the union’s favourable federal high court judgment in 2013 against the state government.
But the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Meletus Eze declared the strike illegal.
Eze said the strike was even more annoying considering the fact that the government did not owe the judiciary workers any salary.
He recalled that the issue of consolidated salary for judiciary workers came to the table in 2010 after Chief Judges came together with the CONJUSS and imposed same on States.
He said that JUSUN took the proposal to states and demanded that it should be implemented.
He noted that the Enugu State Government took the matter to the National Industrial Court and that on the 23rd September, 2016; the State government secured an injunction barring the workers from going ahead to coerce government into adopting the salary structure.
He stressed that JUSUN has not appealed against the injunction and wondered why they took the option of strike even when efforts were on by committee already set-up by government to resolve the impasse amicably.
JUSUN state chairman, Mba, however said that the issues bothered on the autonomy of the judiciary in the state and the financial involvements, which he claimed the state government has not been serious about since the union entered into negotiation with the Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi-led administration in 2015.
Mba said: “The problem is that we got judgment from the federal High Court Abuja since 2013 for autonomy of the judiciary. Since then we’ve been pursuing that autonomy and the financial aspect of it since the administration of Sullivan Chime.