JUSUN suspends strike in Ekiti

13:37 07/08/2012 Ekiti - The Ekiti State Branch of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has suspended the strike embarked upon by the union.

The Chairman of the union, Mr Sunday Ibiyemi, told the union members to go back to their duty posts and allow peace to reign, citing Gov. Kayode Fayemi’s announcement on a television programme ‘”Ask the Governor” on Saturday.

‘`The governor said he could only pay N19,000 minimum wage,'' Ibiyemi said, pleading with his colleagues to agree to  the governor’s stand. ``Lets us resume at our various offices tomorrow and allow the judges do their jobs."

Earlier, JUSUN’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Ebenezer Ogunlola said the union members had agreed to call-off the strike.

"The Judicial Service Commission of Ekiti State had come into the matter and promised to look into it. Therefore, we have been able to convince our members to go back to work."

Ogunlola said they rejected the N19,000 minimum wage but would prefer to be paid the former N15,000 minimum wage.

"The proposed N19,000 will only benefit 10 per-cent of the workers from grade level one to six while  those on other  grade levels are left out  and that is why we that agreed our salaries from May 2012 till date be  prepared in line with the N15,000 minimum wage."

NAN recalls that judicial workers in Ekiti embarked on a sit-down strike over non-payment of their salaries since May this year.