The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has directed her members accross Nigeria to shut down courts following the inability of Goverment to implement Financial Autonomy of the Judiciary in line with the Constitution and other extant laws.
The union had on 13th March 2021 issued a 21- day ultimatum which elapsed on Sunday April 2021, and strike begin Monday but due to public holiday the nationwide strike commence Tuesday 6th April 2021.
According to a statement by the president, Comrade Marwan Mustapha Adamu said all courts and other departments would be totally shut until and unless Goverment do the needful.
Also in a circular Ref.no.JUSUN/NHQ/GEN/111/VOL.11/65 dated April 1st 2021 signed by the General Secretary, Comrade Isaiah M. Adetola to Members of JUSUN across the country, the union asked Members to comply with the directive by the NEC of the union.
“I have been directed to refer to the communique issued at the end of the last National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of JUSUN on 13th March 2021 in Abuja and particularly refer to paragraph 9 on 21 day ultimatum to Government to implement the financial autonomy of the Judiciary, failure of which JUSUN will have no option but to resume the suspended national strike.
“Therefore, as a result of public holiday on 5th April, 2021, the strike action has been postponed to Tuesday 6th April, 2021.
“You are directed to shut down Courts/ Departments in your States until further notice from the National Secretariat of JUSUN in Abuja”.
The communique Reads “NEC-in-session frowns at the refusal of some States Government to implement the payment of Peculiar Allowance due to the Judiciary workers and therefore calls for prompt implementation of same.
“NEC-in-session frowns at the anti-labour disposition of Ebonyi State Government and therefore demands for immediate payment of the withheld August, 2020 salary and release of check-off dues accruing to the Union.
“NEC-in-session condemns the proposed Bill No: HB: 1062 for the creation of State Judicial Council to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and demand the withdrawal of same.
“NEC-in-session frowns at the current law by Kaduna State Government subjecting the Judiciary under the Executive Arm of Government and hereby demands such law be repealed immediately.”NEC- in- session frowns at the Government’s in-action on the implementation of the Financial Autonomy of the Judiciary in line with the Constitution and other extant laws.
“NEC-in-session hereby issues a 21 day ultimatum to the Government effective from Monday 15th March, 2021 to implement the Financial Autonomy of the Judiciary, failure of which the Union have no option than to resume the suspended National strike action”.