The National Industrial Court in Abuja has issued an interim order restraining the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on their planned strike scheduled for Monday, the 28th of September, 2020.
Justice Ibrahim Galadima issued the interim order on Thursday following an ex-parte application filed by a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association through its counsel, Sunusi Musa.
Justice Galadima ordered the labour unions, their officers, and affiliate groups to stop the plan to embark on the strike pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed by the applicant.
The judge also granted an order of interim injunction restraining the unions from disrupting, restraining, picketing or preventing the workers or ordinary Nigerians from accessing their offices to carry out their legitimate duties on September 28, 2020, or any other date.
The court also granted an order compelling the Inspector General of Police and the Director-General Department of State Services to provide protection for workers engaged in their legitimate duties from any form of harassment, intimidation and bullying by the officers, agents or privies of the unions pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
This comes after the organized labour insisted on an immediate reversal of fuel price and electricity tariff, failure of which they said would lead to nationwide protests and industrial action.
The labour leaders decried that the 30,000 naira minimum wage was agreed last year, only to face an increase in electricity tariff, fuel price increase, VAT increase.
They accused the Federal Government of eroding the middle class while demanding that the government should reverse it’s decisions first, then invite the union for discussions.