Judiciary workers in Bayelsa State on Thursday, June 10, resumed at their duty post following the suspension of the over two months strike action they embarked on.
Their umbrella body, the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) had on Wednesday, June 9, suspended the industrial action over financial autonomy.
In suspending the strike, JUSUN pleaded with the NJC, the Presidential Implementation Committee, the Attorney General of the Federation, Accountant-General of the Federation and all stakeholders to ensure that the issue of financial autonomy is laid to rest finally as provided for in Section 81 (3), 121 (3), and 162(9), of 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The union however announced that all court activities are to resume fully by Monday, June 14, 2021 and called on members to act accordingly.
Our correspondent, who visited some courts in the state capital noticed few workers in the premises trying to clean their offices ahead of full resumption.
Some of the workers said they are happy to be back to work and urged the government not to fault the signed agreement with the union.
One of the workers said:
“We’re happy to be back to work. It’s been quite challenging for us but we needed to ensure that this issue of autonomy is sorted out fully. I hope the government will not renege on it.
“From what you can see, the place is still scanty but I believe that by Tuesday 15 because Monday is public holiday. So from Tuesday you will see more staff here”, one of the workers said.
Efforts to reach the Chairperson, JUSUN Bayelsa State Chapter, Mrs. Selepreye Koin on the suspension of the strike was unsuccessful as at the time of filing this report.