Anambra judiciary staff threaten to embark on strike
The Anambra Chapter of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has threatened to embark on strike action should the state government fail to release the judiciary’s capital vote for 2016.
Speaking to newsmen in Awka Anambra State capital on Wednesday, the state JUSUN Chairman, Comrade Mark Ifezue, said that if the state Governor Willie Obiano fails to release the capital vote for the judiciary, the union would proceed on another strike and the union leadership would not want anybody to blame JUSUN.
In a communiqué, the union stated that the federal government has not complied with the pension provisions by its failure to remit pension contributions deducted from federal government staff salaries into the workers’ Retirement Savings Accounts (RSA) since October 2015.
The union’s communiqué expressed surprise at the federal government’s position of not fulfilling its obligation of contribution and non-adherence to the provisions of the Pension Reform Act 2014 which makes it mandatory for all employers to remit their staff salaries deduction into the RSA within seven days after the payment of the monthly salaries.
The NASU NEC-in-session said that by that singular act, the federal government is short-changing its employees and putting their future pension benefits in crisis.
The union NEC bemoaned the inability of 27 out of the 36 state governments to pay their workers’ salaries as and when due which today runs into several months of non salary.
Ifezue said that the only capital vote release to the judiciary was only made in the first quarter of 2015 which led to the union calling off its strike action in 2015.
He said that the Anambra State judiciary as at today is still being owed capital vote allocation up to four quarters, stressing that JUSUN has reviewed certain major issues affecting the union and its members and had therefore written the state government.
The JUSUN boss said that the Anambra State government must look into the issue of CONJUSS salary grade and other welfare issues of the workers to create harmonious industrial peace in the state