The Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, has criticized the statement by the Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Port Harcout Branch, Prince O. Nyekwere, Esq that said the Rivers State Chapter of the Union has called off the ongoing nationwide industrial action.
The union in a statement warned that the strike cannot be called off by a chapter as announced by NBA chairman over a purported meeting with the new Chief Judge of the state.
JUSUN believes that prince Nyekwere not being its member, lacks the locus to talk about calling off an industrial action that he did not declare in the first place.
In the statement signed by the National Treasurer of JUSUN Comrade Jimoh Musa Alonge, the union urged NBA to join hands with JUSUN to salvage the Judiciary from being suffocated by the governors in Nigeria.
“The attention of the National Secretariat of JUSUN has been drawn to a poported circular tittle JUSUN strike update in Rivers state by one Prince O. Nyekwere, Esq, Branch chairman of NBA in Rivers state that JUSUN has agreed to call off Strike in the state.
“Ordinary, the union would not have responded to what appear to be a propaganda by the NBA chairman in the state since he is not our member, but for the purposes of putting the records straight the union wish to state that the ongoing strike was declared by the National Executive Council (NEC) of our great union and therefore cannot be call off by any branch.
“That the union is willing and ready for dialogue towards addressing the present impasse if not for the refusal of the Governors to sign the Memorandum of Action reached at the instance of Chief Conciliator in the country and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.
“And that the union has resolved to take the fight to the door steps of the Governors with nationwide street protest and picketing to drive her point home”.