By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the Federal Government, the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) as part of efforts to resolve the lingering industrial action by the unions.
This came in the wake of a parley between the government and the leaders of the unions presided over by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Thursday in Abuja, the seat of power.
The meeting was the latest in the series of meetings to address the issues that led to the ongoing industrial action by the judiciary and parliamentary workers unions since April 6, following which both parties signed an agreement asking state governments to commence the implementation of financial autonomy to the states.
According to the agreement, the state governments were to transfer their statutory allocations, beginning with the April Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocation expected to be shared next week.
Briefing reporters at the end of the meeting, the minister was hopeful that the workers would call off the strike as soon as their accounts were credited when the April federal allocations were shared, assuring Nigerians, especially those who have pending court cases that there was a renewed hope that the industrial action would soon be suspended.
However, the courts across the country would remain closed until then.