Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has threatened to sack members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, in the state, following their industrial action embarked on August 13.
Recall that JUSUN members had embarked on the indefinite strike over non-implementation of the Consolidated Judiciary Salary Structure, CJSS, by the state government.
The governor’s order for the strike suspension is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Abakaliki by Chamberlain Nwele, Ebonyi Head of Service.
The statement mandated the JUSUN leadership to immediately comply with the order.
“JUSUN members in the state are therefore directed to return to work on Friday, Aug.14 or risk being dismissed from service.
“Attendance of judiciary staff will be taken by state government officials, to aid payment of August 2020 salary,” the statement read.
Mr Nwele in the statement, noted that Mr Umahi considers the strike as an act of sabotage which the government will not tolerate.
“This is a period when other states of the federation are unable to pay workers’ salaries due to the negative impact of COVID-19.
“The Ebonyi Government has painstakingly ensured that salaries of workers are consistently paid.
“It therefore believes that agitation for salary increase at this time when the state‘s revenue is on steady decline is unpatriotic,” he said.