Lagos court workers shun judiciary staff strike

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The Lagos court workers say they have not been briefed by their colleagues.

Judicial workers at the Federal High Court, Lagos, on Monday, shunned the industrial action embarked upon by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN.

The workers’ union, last Friday, gave a directive for all its members to proceed on an indefinite strike over the non-implementation of the Consolidated Salary Structure for judicial workers.

In addition to the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and the National Industrial Courts; all federal high courts are expected to comply with the directive.

The judicial workers at the Federal High Court in Lagos, however, turned up at their duty posts on Monday.

But an ongoing judges’ conference, which had judges of the Federal High Courts in attendance, halted proceedings at the courts.

Bello Okandeji, Deputy Chief Registrar at the Federal High Court, Lagos, said that they did not receive a directive to embark on industrial action.

“I’ve not seen any notice that we should go on strike. We are working. The moment they say this is the instruction, we would comply,” Mr. Okandeji said.

Meanwhile, lawyers on Monday condemned the judicial workers’ industrial action.

Lawyer condemns strike

Chris Uche, a lawyer, said that a strike in a “very sensitive” arm of government is unacceptable.

“I believe that it is very sad and indeed a sad commentary on the state of affairs in our nation that in this year 2013, we are still talking about strike,” said Mr. Uche, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

“It is indisputable that the judiciary is the fundamental arm and is, as is commonly said, the last hope of the common man.

“I think that the authorities concerned need to intervene immediately in this matter and ensure that it doesn’t exceed today. It doesn’t speak well of the judiciary,” he added.


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