Written by David Ugbabe
The Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN)) on Wednesday suspended its nationwide strike which halted the Nigerian courts for over two months following the intervention of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and other stakeholders in a meeting with its National Executive Committee (NEC) in Abuja.
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 strike which commenced on April 6 was due to the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary in the states and the union’s effort to press home their demand for the financial autonomy of the judiciary. Lasting precisely for 64 days, the strike action has been described as the longest industrial action the Nigerian judiciary, as a whole, has ever seen.
Lead by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, the strike was called off following a meeting between JUSUN executives and the National Judicial Council (NJC). It was agreed by both parties that the decision to call off the strike in the interest of the nation to give room for the implementation of agreement JUSUN reached with the Federal Government.
“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.