Ebonyi State government has called on the striking judiciary workers in the state to return to work on Friday, August 14, 2020 or face dismissal from service, condemning the strike as sabotage, unpatriotic and uncalled for.
The government made this known in a statement signed by the Head of service, Mr. Chamberlain Nwele and made available to The Voice Newspaper.
it reads in parts: “It has come to the notice of the state government that the leadership of the state Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) has called on its members to embark on strike over non-payment of consolidated Judiciary salary structure in Ebonyi state.
“To this end the state government led by Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE,FNATE considers the strike unnecessary and an act of sabotage.
In a period when other states of the federation are unable to pay salaries of their workers owing to the negative economic impact of COVID-19. Ebonyi state government has painstakingly ensured that salaries of her workers are consistently paid as at when due.
“Government believes that asking for salary increase at this time when the state revenue is on steady decline is unpatriotic and uncalled for.
“Consequently the state government hereby directs the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria ((JUSUN) to immediately call off the strike and return to work with effect from Friday 14th August 2020 or risk being dismissed from service.
“Attendance of Judiciary Staff will be taken by officials of Ebonyi state government to aid payment of August 2020 salary”