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Strike paralyses Lagos court proceedings

14 July 2014, 13:48

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Lagos - Lawyers and litigants have been refused entry into Lagos court premises as Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) continue their indefinite strike over alleged poor working condition.

The union had on Friday last week mandated its members nationwide to shut down all courts in the country except the federal courts following government's failing to implement the Judgment of a Federal High Court on the financial autonomy of the state judiciaries.

Our correspondent who monitored the strike action in Lagos on Monday observed that the gates of the Lagos and Ikeja High Court Division were locked.

Litigants who were unaware of the strike were denied entry into the court premises by gate men and some JUSUN officials.

Officials of JUSUN enforcing the strike action refused to make any comment on the compliance and referred journalists to their national officers who could not be reached for comment.

Last Friday, in a communique issued at the end of the emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the union, JUSUN also asked the federal judiciary workers to be at alert because they might be requested to join the strike in solidarity with their state chapters.

The communiqué, jointly signed by the National President of the union, Marwan Adamu, and the General Secretary, Isaiah Adetola, also disclosed that the national secretariat of the union had taken over the industrial dispute embarked upon by the Rivers state JUSUN recently over leadership crisis.

JUSUN said it was unfair for both the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to issue two separate directives for and against returning to work, adding that the workers could not “serve two masters at the same time.”

He said the union would not resume work unless the critical stakeholders in Rivers state amicably resolved the matter so as to ensure security of the workers.

- CAJ News

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