The National Industrial Court has adjourned the hearing of all applications relating to the suit seeking the interpretation of the provisions of the Trade Unions Act filed by the Rivers State government till Friday, September 18.
The Rivers State Govt had filed the suit to challenge the threat by Organized Labour to embark on a strike action starting from Monday, September 7.
The government listed the Nigerian Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, their presidents, Comrade Ayuba Waba and Quadri Olaleye, as well as the Rivers state chairpersons, Beatrice Itubo and Austin Jonah as defendants in the suit.
Although the defendants were not present in court, Rivers State Attorney General, Professor Zaccheus Adangor who represented the state government told the court that all the defendants have been duly served with the originating processes and the motion on notice for an interlocutory injunction, along with last week’s enrolled order of interim injunction restraining the defendants from going on strike, which has all been published in two national newspapers of September the 3rd as directed by the court.
He also told the judge about an out-of court-agreement was reached on Monday night after a closed-door meeting with Governor Nyesom Wike which resulted in organised labour calling off their planned protest against the Rivers State Government on Tuesday,
Vacation judge, Justice Nelson Ogbunaya rejected the information and asked the Attorney General to focus on the suit especially as the defendants who would have corroborated the information were not in court.
The judge also noted that the 14-day period for the defendants to respond and put in their appearance will expire on September 17.
He, therefore, adjourned further hearings to September 18.