Judicial staff in Cross River State under the umbrella of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) have shut down courts indefinitely in the state.
CONVERSEER gathered that the development occurred in the early morning of Tuesday (May 2), and the reason for the indefinite strike is the inability of the Cross River State Government to meet the union’s demands.
According to the notice pasted at the gate of the State Secretariat, Judiciary Headquarters in Calabar on Tuesday, the union claimed that several notices have been made available to the Government but it turned on deaf ears.
The notice which was jointly signed by the Chairman of JUSUN, Comrade Enya Ertoti, and Assistant Secretary, Comrade Ashikebesang Eugene, directed all members to remain at home from Tuesday, May 2, 2023, until further notice.
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The notice titled: ‘Notice to Commence Of Commencement of Strike Action’, read: “Dear Comrades, in spite of the Union’s perseverance, and efforts in ensuring peaceful Labour Relations between JUSUN and the State Government, our demands have remained unaddressed, hence the Union has no alternative, other than to effect 2ND DAY OF MAY, 2023 until our demands are being met as stated below.
“Implementation of the Constitutional Provision Autonomy of the Judiciary. Payment of 66% Balance of Consolidated Judiciary Salary Structure (CONJUSS).
“Staff Promotions (Long overdue). Re-inclusion of our Staff excluded from the payroll of the Cross River State Government, since October 2014 and non-payment of salary till date.
“Implementation of Promotions benefits across Board, creation of conducive working environment by building, re-building, renovating and furnishing of all Courts in the Cross River State Judiciary.
“Payment of Gratuity to our retirees from the Cross River State Judiciary. Non-payment of salaries to Presidents and Members of Customary Courts in the Cross River State Judiciary, since their appointment in February 2019 to February 2022, amongst others”.
The notice stated further that from the foregoing, it was obvious that the staff have exhausted their patience as they have waited for years for their demands to be met and cannot wait any longer.
“From the foregoing, it can be seen that JUSUN has played its part by patiently waiting for these past years with the expectation that the State Government will reciprocate.
“Comrades, you are hereby directed to stay at home with effect from this day stated above till further notice”, the notice added.
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