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Strike : Judiciary Workers Reject Stiffer Conditions For Reinstatement Of Members

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The National secretariat of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) on Tuesday received with shocked a press release by the Nasarawa State Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on the purported reinstatement of about 21 members of the union in the state who were sack for participating on the ongoing industrial action following a dispute that was neglected by the management of High Court in the state over allege deduction of workers’ salaries in High Court of justice.

National President of JUSUN Comrade Marwan Mustapha Adamu Mni in a statement in Abuja, said though the union thanked the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr Abdullahi Sule, the Emir of Lafia, His Royal Highness, Justice Sidi Bage rtd as well as other stakeholders for their apt intervention to see to the end of the crisis, but said the CJ cannot talk about reinstatement with a condition that consider not just stringent but also uncivilized.

Comrade Marwan who expressed dismay that his lordship the Chief Judge of Nasarawa state, Suleiman Dikko is claiming a victim, said the CJ alleged attacked is shifting public attention from the real issue that led to the industrial action in the first place. According to him, the strike which has cripple activities at the state judiciary for eleven months now was avoidable if the Chief Judge arrested the situation from the onset.

He said rather than dwelling on the allegation of assaulting him, the Chief Judge should step aside and allow someone else to preside over the JSC on the matter since he is an interested party, and so can be judge over his matter.

According to comrade Marwan, “the crop of the issue is the allege deductions in salaries and grade levels of staff of High Court of justice lafia and the refusal of the management to implement the report of the Committee to investigate the issue put in place by the Nasarawa State Judicial Service Commission.

“The 9 members committee then includes Yusuf Shehu Uman Esq as the Attorney general/commissioner of Justice then sarve as the chairman, Yusuf Yakubu Esq as members, Hon. A A Koto, Habila Usman, Comrade Solomon Iyigulu, comrade Musa Lukumbogo, comrade Ibrahim Ogoshi , David N Ayele and Ramatu Idris serve as secretary of committee.

The Committee recommended that “to set the record straight and restore what may have lost by staff of the High Court of Justice, as a result of the re-grading exercise. The management should implement the fours arrears of annual increment across board for all staff. This should be implemented in two installment i.e month of June and November 2018.

“The committee submitted her report in May 2018 and up till November same year when the union after series of ultimatum went on strike, nothing was done to dialogue with workers.

“Even after the union proceeds on strike, the management didn’t deem it fit to dialogue with them. I am glad my lord said non member of union executive in the state was among those that attack him”.

The failure of the management of the High Court of Justice, Lafia to implement the recommendation of the JSC on the matter led to the avoidable strike and protest by workers in the state.

Speaking further, comrade Marwan said the emergency meeting of the National Executive Council meeting is summoned for November 2, 2019 to deliberate on the next line of action.

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