FG Hold Talks With Striking Workers Today

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In a bid to end the ongoing industrial action by judicial and legislative workers, the federal government will today hold talks with the JUSUN and PASAN.

Deputy President of JUSUN, Mr. Emmanuel Abisoye, told said at the weekend that the federal government team, at the meeting, billed for Abuja would be expected to present fresh proposals for resolving the dispute over the workers’ demand for the implementation of financial autonomy for the judiciary and legislative arms by the states.

“We have been invited to a meeting on Monday; may be the government will be presenting its position to us at the meeting. So, we are expecting that on Monday,” he said.

However, PASAN has vowed not to end its ongoing strike except its demands are met.

It demanded that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) be signed by all the governors and speakers of the 36 states of the federation.

Legislative activities in state assemblies have been paralysed since the workers downed tools on March 23.

In a letter addressed to Ngige, the union listed five conditions for it to call off the strike.

The letter signed by Acting National Secretary of PASAN, Mr. Ikechukwu Alaribe, listed the conditions to include the full implementation of the financial autonomy for the state legislature and state judiciary; and the full compliance with Presidential Executive Order No. 10, 2020 for the implementation of financial autonomy for the state judiciaries and legislatures.

PASAN also demanded that states assemblies’ service commissions must be established in each state of the federation.

The union said the decision to continue with the strike was reached after its enlarged National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

The union also demanded that all the 36 states must have funds management committee bills, signed into law by the governors while deductions should be made directly from the source to the Houses of Assembly accounts.