Judiciary workers in Edo State under the auspices of Judiciary Staff Union of Judiciary (JUSUN), have ignored the directive by its national body.
The workers turned side cheek over indifference by the national body in connection with unpaid seven months salary arrears of workers in Edo State since 2015.
Investigation revealed that courts in Benin City sat on Tuesday; Even as workers resisted attempts by the Officials of JUSUN in the State to enforce the directive by the national leadership of the Union.
A worker who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity, said they are not ready for the strike based on their experience when they joined similar nationwide strike in 2015
He recalled that “In 2015, we joined the nationwide strike, the state government refused to pay our salary for the period of the strike and the national body didn’t not intervene and till date we were not paid,”
But the State chairman, Comrade Uyi Ogieriakhi, said they got the information late on last Thursday and couldn’t address the workers before the close of work.
“The truth of the matter is that in 2015, we joined this same strike and the Edo state government under Adams Oshiomhole refused to pay us the six months period of the strike, including the one month he was owing us before making it seven months,”.
“So the workers are afraid, these are poor workers that lived on their salaries and the national body just directed that we should proceed on another strike.
“But that is not the issue, We got the information late on Thursday and Friday and Monday was public holiday and we couldn’t address our members,”.
“So, the option is that they should come to work today so that we can brief them on what has been directed. It is a directive from the national body and we can’t say no to that,”.
He added, “Don’t look at the situation today, we may decide to go tomorrow because we got the directive late”.