The striking Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, in Abia on Tuesday threatened to continue its strike unless the state government complied with a 2014 court order.
The Chairman of union, Emmanuel Onyemereibeya, said at an event to mark the Abia Legal Year in Umuahia that the state government had not attended the meetings scheduled to discuss resolution of the strike.
Mr. Onyemereibeya said that it could be interpreted to mean that “they have no interest in resolving the matter”.
He insisted that the strike would continue as directed by the national body of judiciary workers until the state government complied with the provisions of the order.
Speaking further on the strike, the union’s Secretary, Chinedu Eze, said that the other aspects of the order, which included payment of capital and overhead costs to court heads, had not been complied with.
He said the state government still owed the judiciary workers some months’ salaries and the 2015 CONJUSS arrears.
Mr. Eze said the union was concerned that funds accruable to the courts were not given to heads of the courts to manage.
“The state government has not paid the judiciary workers since August and yet they have paid the state assembly for September. This is not fair.
“If they say that there is no money in the state, then all the workers should feel it, not that some workers will be paid and others will not be paid; it is not right,” he said.
The secretary said the body would not stop the strike unless the state government complied with the provisions of the agreement.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that Abia chapter of JUSUN had gone on strike on October 10 to pursue the implementation of a court order granting the judiciary financial autonomy in Abia.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu began partial compliance with the order in 2015 with the payment of the Consolidated Judicial Salary Structure (CONJUSS) with a N40,000 minimum wage.