Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Imo Judiciary Shut Down Over Non-Payment Of Salaries



Judicial workers in Imo State have again shut down all courts in the state indefinitely, following what they termed “non-payment of arrears of salaries and allowances owed us by the state government”.
The workers, who are acting under the umbrella body of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, distanced themselves from the 70:30 agreement Labour recently entered into with the state government. Similarly, Imo State University, IMSU, Owerri, have remained under lock and key in the past two months, for non-payment of their emoluments by government.


While the judiciary workers are acting under the umbrella body of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, all the labour unions in IMSU, including the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of the institution, equally instructed their members to remain at home until further notice. Some of the aggrieved workers, who spoke to Vanguard yesterday on strict grounds of anonymity, said they are strongly opposed to the 30 percent cut on their January 2016 salary. The premises of both IMSU and the courts have remained shut, while lawyers and their clients were seen in groups, discussing the development. According to a statement pasted at the two entrances into the court premises in Owerri and signed by Comrade Nlemadim Kelechi, the workers held a meeting Wednesday, May 11, 2016, where the issue of non-payment of their salaries was discussed and the decision to shut down courts was taken. A litigant, who simply identified himself as Chinedu described the scenario as “most disappointing and unfortunate”, even as he urged government to dialogue with the workers with a view to resolving the problem amicably”.