Anambra State Judiciary workers have told the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano that they will not return to work until they are paid the Consolidated Judiciary Staff Salary Structure, (CONJUSS).
Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) had been on strike in the state for the past two months which had paralyzed activities in all the courts in Anambra State.
During their rally Wednesday at the judiciary headquarters in Awka, the workers who came from all the 21 local government areas of the state said the condition given by the state government that it would implement the new salary structure when its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, improved was unacceptable to them.
Chairman of JUSUN, in the state Mr. Mark Ifezue described as unfortunate, a situation whereby the state government attached the implementation of the salary structure to improvement of IGR.
Furthermore, he argued that the state IGR had more than doubled in the last one year, and questioned where they kept all the money.
Ifezue stated that rather than keep the workers in suspense, government should make it clear what it wanted to pay.
Again he recalled that the state government promised earlier that it would review their salary once the IGR improved.
According to him, IGR has improved and government was still tying the welfare of the workers to further improvement of IGR.
Some of the workers who spoke with our reporter said; “We are demanding our right and we are not concerned about IGR and its improvement. Anybody who is linking the implementation of CONJUSS with IGR is insulting us.
“Many of our colleagues who retired from the service have become beggars in their villages because their entitlements have not been paid. We do not understand why Anambra State judiciary should be different from that of other states.”
However, the workers argued that the state’s monthly IGR had increased from about N500 million to over 1.5 billion naira and wondered why the state government was still dragging its feet on the matter.