The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has directed its members across Nigeria to shut down all courts in the country today, July 11, with theexception of the federal courts, over the failure to implement the judgment of the Federal High Court on the financial autonomy of the state judiciaries.
In a communique issued at the end of an emergency meeting, the National Executive Committee of the union however urged Federal judiciary workers to be on the alert for a directive from the National secretariat to join the strike.
The communique, which was jointly signed by the National President of the union, Comrade Marwan Mustapha Adamu, and the General Secretary, Comrade Isaiah Adetola, also disclosed that the national secretariat of the union has taken over the industrial dispute recently embarked upon by the River state JUSUN over its leadership crisis.
JUSUN described the fact that both the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Rivers State Judicial Service Commission (JSC) issued separate directives for and against returning to work as “unfair”, adding that the workers cannot serve two masters.
It added that the union will not resume work unless the critical stakeholders in Rivers State amicably resolve the matter so as to ensure the security of the workers.
According to the communique, “the security and protection of our members is no longer guaranteed in this leadership crisis that engulfed the Rivers State Judiciary in the last one year.”