Why Nigerian Judiciary Workers Begin Indefinite Strike
Why Nigerian judiciary workers begin indefinite strike, according to the report the judiciary workers say their decision to shut down courts nationwide from Tuesday is to press home their demand for financial autonomy.
Judiciary workers, under the aegis of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), have declared an indefinite nationwide strike to press home their demand for the financial autonomy of the judiciary.
The national leadership of JUSUN in a circular dated April 1 and seen by PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday, ordered the shut down of various courts across the country as from Tuesday, April 6.
In the circular signed by JUSUN’s General Secretary, I. M. Adetola, it directed all states and zonal heads of the union to comply with the strike.
The union stated that it had at its last National Executive Meeting on March 13, 2021 in Abuja, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government to implement the financial autonomy of the judiciary with a threat that “failure of which JUSUN will have no other option but to resume the suspended national strike action.”
“Therefore, as a result of the public holiday on April 5, 2021, the strike action has been postponed to Tuesday, April 6, 2021. “You are directed to shut down courts/departments in your states until further notice from the National Secretariat of JUSUN in Abuja,” the circular read in part.
The planned strike is bound to add to the woes of many Nigerians whose access to healthcare has already been impaired by the ongoing strike of Nigerian doctors.
Why Nigerian judiciary workers begin indefinite strike,
“Battle for financial autonomy”
JUSUN has been in the forefront of the battle for financial independence of the nation’s judiciary. The legal actions taken by the union led to January 14, 2014 judgment of Adeniyi Ademola, then a judge of the Federal High Court, abolishing the piece-meal funding of the state and federal courts by the executive.
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