Angry Judiciary Workers Shut Down Supreme Court As Indefinite Strike Begins
Judiciary workers under the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) have commenced an indefinite nationwide strike, thereby shutting down the Supreme Court complex in Abuja, in line with their industrial action.
The strike began on Tuesday, based on their demands which include a financial autonomy for the judicial arm of government.
The development came as a defiance to the appeal by the Nigerian Bar Association to shelve the strike, saying it was ill-timed, considering the COVID-19 constraints the Nigerian courts had been battling within the last year.
Other Supreme Court people who're returning from the Easter smash have been not able to access the complicated on Tuesday as the 2 key judiciary establishments – the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) – which share the equal premises with the Supreme Court were also affected.
Staff buses have been additionally visible making a detour upon arriving at the barricaded gate of the Supreme Court.
The court docket placed within the Three Arms Zone in Abuja, a neighbourhood it shares with the Presidential Villa and the National Assembly Complex.
Workers of each the NJC and the FJSC are part of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), the umbrella body of all judiciary people at all levels inside the nation, and also are sure by way of the strike declared via the union.
The movement taken by the union at the Supreme Court Tuesday morning is expected to be replicated across all Nigerian courts.
JUSUN on April 1 had issued a circular to the effect of its strike, saying it become necessitated via the failure of the federal and nation governments to implement a judgment of the Federal High Court, which granted financial autonomy to the judicial arm of government.
The union said that it had at its final National Executive meeting on March thirteen, 2021 in Abuja, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the authorities to put into effect the financial autonomy of the judiciary with a danger that “failure of which JUSUN will have no different choice however to renew the suspended country wide strike action.”
“Therefore, as a result of the public holiday on April 5, 2021, the strike movement has been postponed to Tuesday, April 6, 2021,” the round partially study.[NewsNaira]