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Osun Judicial Workers Say No Going Back On Strike

Yetunde Oladejo,Osogbo

The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) Osun State chapter yesterday declared that there is no going back on its five months industrial strike action. The union took the decision at an emergency congress held at the state High court, Osogbo after the leadership of the union briefed their members on the outcome of the meeting held with the state government.

JUSUN members in the state had joined their counterpart across the nation in the industrial action earlier this year to press home their demand for financial autonomy of the Judicial arm of the government. Although, the leadership of the union in the state had last week Friday announced the suspension of its five months old strike after meeting with the state government.

But at the emergency congress yesterday which lasted for five hours, the chairman Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Mr. Jacob Adekomi resolved that the union would continue with the strike since JUSUN was an affiliate of NLC which was currently on strike in the state.

Adekomi who urged members of the union to stay in door until further directive by the NLC called on state government to urgently look into all labour related issues in the state to save workers from untold hardship.

Speaking, the state chairman of JUSUN, Alhaji Oladapo Oseni explained that the union decided to suspend the strike following government resolve to effect their demands for financial autonomy starting from September, with the promise to give them a total of N36million as running grant after the suspension of the strike. Oseni noted that the union had no option than to abide by the directive of NLC,saying NLC was supreme organ of all labour unions in the state.

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