Anxiety in Edo state government circles is rising over verdict expected to be delivered tomorrow by the Federal High Court, Abuja in the suit filed by the state chapter of the Judicial Staff Union, JUSUN seeking the order of the court for a garnishee on the account of the state government to be paid directly to banks of the state judiciary.
The workers are praying for an order of the court for a whooping N1. 6billion monthly from the statutory allocation accruing to the state be paid to the judicial arm of government in the state.
Judicial workers union in the state has been on strike since January 2015 over the failure of the state government to heed a court order granting financial autonomy to the Judiciary in the state.
Whereas the state government accepted to grant autonomy to the Judiciary in principle, it says it will only pay two out of five months salaries owed the judicial workers who are insisting on the payment for the entire duration of the strike.
Last week, the government through the Judicial Service Commission, JSC, began recruiting new workers after it sacked the striking workers because they failed to resume work last Wednesday.
Efforts by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, under its state chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun to bring the state government and members of JUSUN to a roundtable to resolve the impasse has collapsed as both sides refused to shift grounds.
Ademokun also said the organised labour had met with the state government, the Chief Judge of the state, heads of courts, some officers of the state judicial service commission and others with a view to ending the strike but said labour was surprised at government’s plot to use force to compel the workers to end the strike.
He said the workers’ umbrella body was opposed to use of sack threat as two wrongs cannot make a right and therefore urged warring parties to sheath their swords and embrace dialogue.
“We are strongly against that; two wrongs cannot make a right. Government should as a matter of urgency reach an agreement with them so that they can end the strike amicably,” Ademokun said.

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