The Lagos State chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has relaxed the nationwide strike of the union in the state.
Shobowale Kehinde, Chairman of JUSUN Lagos, announced this in a statement on Thursday.
Members of JUSUN commenced a nationwide strike on 6 April over the non-implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary at state level of government.
According to the Lagos chapter of the union, the relaxation of the strike is to allow for clearance of backlogs, reading of Judgement, and decongestion of prison occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic and the #EndSARS protest.
It noted that it is partially reopening the courts on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of every week due to the committement it has secured from Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, and the Chief Judge of Lagos State to meeting its demands.
The statement read: “Lagos JUSUN finds out that it’s only Lagos State Government that had shown concerns and seriousness with a listening ear to this JUSUN Struggle.
“At this moment, Lagos JUSUN has had four meetings with powerful Government officials especially Mr. Governor himself.
“From my position and privileges as JUSUN chairman Lagos, We are indeed lucky. Even the National leadership hasn’t made significant progress as Lagos JUSUN does at the moment.
Our axillary demands are been speedily looked into and results are manifesting.
“Our Union had the best assurances directly from Mr. Governor and the Chief Judge of Lagos State on improving welfare allowances for staff which had eluded us since 2014.”
The Lagos JUSUN explained that it only relaxed the strike as it lacks the power to suspend an industrial action convoked by the national body of the union.
“It’s impossible that a state branch will suspend a National Strike hence JUSUN Strike is very much ongoing in Lagos State.
“But Due to the great Respect and honour Lagos state judiciary staff have for Mr. Governor and the Chief Judge of Lagos State, it’s our desire only to relaxed strike Rules to allow clearance of backlogs, reading of judgement, and decongestion of prison occasion by the covid pandemic and End Sar protest.
“Therefore, work and official duties are constraints to Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of every week, while Monday and Tuesday of every week remain our strike days that all staff must stay off duty to observe the national strike.
“The Union will review the progress both left and right to make informed decisions as the event unfolds,” the statement read.