Judicial staff vow to sustain strike

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The striking Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria [JUSUN] in Ondo State on Thursday insisted that it would continue with its on-going strike pending the time the state government approves the agreement reached during negotiations between the two bodies.

The union, in a statement issued by its secretary, Femi Ogunode, said 60 percent basic pay for outfit allowance and 10 percent hazard allowance proposed by government was unacceptable to them.

They maintained that the original position was that the state government should implement either of the two consolidated judiciary salary structure [CONJUSS] recommended by the federal government.

The letter said, in part: "After considering "The Caring Heart" posture of Governor Olusegun Mimiko and his efforts to better the lots of the people through various laudable programmes, we painfully agreed to abandon our agitation for the implementation of either of the two salary structures recommended by federal government.

"Instead, we opted for 85 percent basic salary for outfit allowance, 85 percent Litigation allowance and 55 percent hazard allowance."

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The judicial workers also stated that the agreement was to be signed immediately, but the Head of Service said he would seek the approval of Mr. Mimiko before he could endorse the agreement.

"The members of our union had sacrificed much for the state, with the acceptance of 60 percent, 35 percent and 30 percent as outfit, litigation and hazard allowances, respectively," the letter said.

The Union recalled that some of their members, who were legally qualified, had been enjoying 60 percent outfit allowance before, noting that its members were only agitating that it should go across board.

It added that hazard and litigation allowances are exclusive of all judicial workers nationwide.

The striking workers maintained that what they had conceded to the state government was reasonable and urged Mr. Mimiko to approve the agreement reached in the interest of industrial harmony in the state.

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