Tuesday, 15 December 2015

JUSUN Forestall Gov. Obiano’s Effort to Splits its Union, Vows to Continue Strike

The Concerned Judiciary Workers, a splinter group of the striking Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) in Anambra, has given the union seven days to call off its three-month-old strike.

The Protem Chairman of the group, Mr Chirah Ozioma, who made the call in Awka after meeting with some judiciary workers accused the state executive of JUSUN led by Mr Mark Ifezue of misleading the workforce and frustrating the efforts of the state government to end the strike.

According to Ozioma, Gov. Willie Obiano has been labour-friendly, kind and magnanimous in handling the matter and had paid them November salary even without negotiating with the workers, as well as promised to look into their demands in the third quarter of 2016.

However, he wondered why Ifezue refused to sign the agreement reached between the government and the union during the meeting of Dec. 8 to end the strike without reasons, and vowed that they would reopen the judicial should JUSN fails to comply with their seven days ultimatum mandating him to sign the agreement.

But reacting, Comrade Mark Ifezue, the Chairman,
Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Anambra State Chapter insists that workers of the state judiciary are still on strike because of the state government failure to implement the consolidated judiciary salary structure (CONJUS).
Ifezue, who addressed the workers in front of the headquarters of the state judiciary complex, urged the workers to disregard the call emanating from the splinter group, described their efforts as “sabotage”.

He explained that the union agreed with the state government’s offer to review the implementation of CONJUSS in 2016 but wondered why it chose to victimise the workers by withholding their salaries for two months.

“The remaining issue why we did not sign the agreement was because the government did not show any commitment to pay workers the September and October salaries. I insisted that the government should show good faith in not victimising the workers by paying the salaries but the government took a different position to split the workers. If they don’t pay us, we will continue to sit at home,” Ifezue said.
He further explained that they were in the gate to forestall possible entrance into the judicial premises having heard that the state government had conscripted a group from some of their members about five to six and paid them heavily to break the strike through instituting disaffection in the union.
“We heard the wind of their information to mobilize touts through the assistants of the state head of service and chief of staff to the governor to demonstrate as the state judiciary workers who are not happy with strike. That is why we are here with our members to address them on the way forward which is that the strike must continue as long as government is not ready to pay the consolidated judiciary salary structure. They can’t achieve much, they can’t open the court and they can’t suspend the strike. They have no power but deceiving the people. The announcement made by the head of service is of effect”, he concluded.
The state chapter of JUSUN had on Sept. 7 embarked on an industrial action, demanding the implementation of Consolidated Judiciary Staff Salary Structure (CONJUSS) by the state government.



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