Judiciary workers in Edo State under the umbrella of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) have blamed the unpleasant experience of the workers as the reason why they backed down on the ongoing strike called by its national leadership.
The strike was declared by its national President, President, Comrade Marwa Adamu to press for autonomy in the judiciary on Tuesday April 6, 2021.
Responding to the inquiry by TheNewspad.com on why his members boycotted the strike, Comrade Uyi Ogieriakhi, cited the alleged refusal by a former governor of the State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to pay workers in the State seven months salary arrears in 2015.
Recall that the Edo State leadership of the Union in the State had challenged Oshiomhole ‘No work, No pay rule’ when the workers stayed away from work for seven months obtained a court order, which compelled the State Government to pay the workers all the outstanding arrears. But, the court order was not obeyed by that Government.
According to Ogieriakhi, the judiciary workers in Edo State should not be blamed for not noting the strike, adding that ‘you cannot cry more than the bereaved’.
He revealed that “there was no basis for the strike after the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Mohammed said that he is helpless on the issue”.
The JUSUN chairman insisted that: “I can’t blame the workers for not been part of this strike. Remember that the Government took our seven months salaries up till this moment. Adams Aliu Oshiomhole, a former Labour man took this workers salaries. We leave judgement for God.
“Basically because of their personal reasons. The national headquarters have not been supportive in the issue of autonomy. Even the autonomy, the CJN had said that he cannot do anything. So, why are we struggling for a matter that the person in charge – head of the judiciary says that he cannot do anything to help us now. We cannot cry more than the bereaved.
He however appealed to the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki “to intervene. That money belongs to the workers. That strike was a national strike. It was not a State strike”, he said.