UPDATED: JUSUN suspends two-month-old strike
The union cites the intervention of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and others in reaching the decision to suspend the strike.
The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (NJC) on Wednesday suspended its nationwide strike which paralysed the Nigerian courts for over two months.
Members of the union had embarked on the strike on April 6 to press home their demand for the financial autonomy of the judiciary.
The 64-day-old strike is the longest industrial action the Nigerian judiciary, as a whole, has ever seen. The closest to it which members of the union embarked on in January 2015 for the same reason only lasted for two weeks.
JUSUN took the decision suspending the strike at a meeting of its National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja on Wednesday.
The union announced the suspension of the strike in a communique issued at the end of the NEC meeting on Wednesday.
It cited the intervention of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and other stakeholders in reaching the decision to suspend the strike.
“NEC-in-session discussed extensively and after putting so many issues into consideration i.e. the intervention of the NJC and other stakeholders, the NEC has resolved that the strike is hereby suspended,” the signed by the union’s Deputy President, Emmanuel Abioye, and General Secretary, Isiah Adetola, read in part.
JUSUN had convened the NEC meeting following an appeal by the National Judicial Council (NJC) to the union to call off the nationwide strike in the interest of the nation.
The NJC led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammed, had made the appeal to the union at a meeting earlier on Tuesday.
The union which commended the CJN, state Chief Judges, and other stakeholders for their efforts in ensuring the resolution of the crisis, also sought the protection of its members from persecution and “peculiar allowance” for its members.
“NEC-in-session agreed that there shall be introduction of peculiar allowance throughout the state and federal courts,” the union stated in its communique.
“NEC-in-session unanimously reiterated that no member of JUSUN should be victimised on strike action,” it added.
Matter not yet laid to rest
There are indications that the union took the decision to call off the strike on Wednesday despite that its demand for the implementation of the agreement it signed with the state governors on financial autonomy of the state judiciaries had yet to begin.