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JUSUN in Ebonyi suspends strike

03 March 2015, 08:56Maureen Atuonwu

Abakaliki - The Ebonyi chapter of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), has suspended its industrial action with effect from Monday, March 2.

The state Chairman of JUSUN, Mr Jude Ukason made the announcement on Monday in Abakaliki while briefing newsmen.

He said that all members of the union across the state had been directed to return to their duty posts.

Ukason said the strike was suspended following agreement reached between the union and the state government on the implementation of section 121 (3) of the 1999 constitution as amended with regard to fiscal autonomy for the judiciary.

"The government has agreed to irrevocably commit itself to the implementation of the terms of the agreement."

The chairman also said that government had also promised that no member of the union would be victimised for participating in the strike.

"We have had series of meetings with the government as represented by the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General on ways to end the impasse.

"We are happy to announce to the public that after exhaustive deliberations, government has agreed to comply with the demands of the union in line with court ruling," he said.

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Ukason said that a monitoring team that would work with the State Budget Office to ensure compliance with the provisions of section 121 (3) of the constitution as amended had been inaugurated.

According to him, the team comprise of the Chief Registrar, High Court, Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, the Attorney-General of the state, the Commissioner for Justice and the state chairman of JUSUN.

The state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Ben Igweenyi commended the leadership of JUSUN for calling off the strike.

He promised that government would ensure the agreement was implemented to the letter.

"Your action in calling off the two months old industrial action demonstrated your love for the state and good sense of judgment.

"On our part as government, we will commit ourselves to proper and full implementation of every term of the agreement for sustainable industrial harmony and growth," Igweenyi said.

Ebonyi JUSUN is the fourth union in the federation to call off the industrial strike embarked upon by Judiciary workers.

The union embarked on the strike following the refusal of state governments to respect a Federal High Court ruling on financial autonomy for the judiciary.


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