- JUSUN has started an indefinite nationwide strike over unresolved issues
- The members of the group shut down courts across the country including the Supreme Court
- NBA had appealed to the members of JUSUN to shelve the planned strike
Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) members have shut down the Supreme Court in Abuja, in line with their threat to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike to press for financial autonomy for the judicial arm of government.
Premium Times reports that the development came as a defiance to the last minute appeal by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to the workers to shelve the industrial action, which it said was ill-timed considering the COVID-19 constraints the Nigerian courts had been battling with since last year.
Legit.ng gathered that the entrance of the apex court was shut as at 7.10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, leaving workers who intended to resume duties after the Easter holiday stranded.
The report noted that the workers of other two key judiciary institutions – the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) – which share the same premises with the Supreme Court are also affected.
JUSUN had on April 1, 2021, in a circular directed all its states and zonal heads to comply with the strike as from Tuesday, April 6.
The circular signed by the union’s general secretary, I. M. Adetola, stated that the strike was necessitated by the failure of the federal and state governments to implement a judgement of the Federal High Court, which granted financial autonomy to the judicial arm of government.
The Nation also reports that JUSUN members have evicted court staff from the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The unionists, according to the report, arrived at the court premises before 9 am and directed their colleagues in courtrooms and offices to comply with the industrial action.
They sealed some of the offices and pasted notices indicating the commencement of the court shutdown.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that workers of the Federal High Court across the country announced that they will embark on industrial action from Monday, September 28, 2020
It was reported that the workers under the association of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) said they would embark on the strike in line with the directive of the Nigerian Labour Congress.