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UPDATED: JUSUN suspends strike

By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

Leaders of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) rose from a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Wednesday evening with a resolution to suspend it’s over the two-month strike.

The group, in a communiqué after the meeting, was silent on when the suspension would take effect but a senior JUSUN official confided the suspension becomes effective from Thursday as the group has directed its official to allow entry into all court premises nationwide forthwith.

The National Judicial Council (NJC) had, at a meeting with JUSUN leaders on Tuesday, with the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, urged the striking court workers to put an end to the industrial action in the interest of the country and the suffering court users.

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JUSUN’s NEC said it resolved to suspend the strike after considering a whole lot of issues, including the intervention of the NJC and other stakeholders.

JUSUN commended the CJN and all heads of courts “for their patience and understanding throughout the period the industrial action.”

It also commended the “effort of the NJC in making sure that the governors obey the memorandum of action (MoA), judgments and agreement on the financial autonomy of the Judiciary.”

The JUSUN NEC reiterated its position that no member of JUSUN should be victimised on the basis of strike action.

The communiqué was jointly signed by JUSUN’s Deputy President, Emmanuel Abioye and General Secretary, I. M. Adetola.

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