Court stops NLC, TUC’s planned nationwide strike

The National Industrial Court has granted an interim order restraining the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), from staging a strike on Monday September, 28 2020.

Justice Ibrahim Galadima, who issued the preservative order upon an exparte motion by the Incorporated Trustees of Peace and Ambassadors Association, said the order was pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on notice.

The NLC and TUC had threatened to embark on the planned strike to press for the reversal of the hike in electricity tariff and petrol pump price.

But Justice Galadima ordered the labour unions, their officers, and affiliate groups to halt 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.

The court said, this will be to protect the claimants and Nigerian workers from any form of harassment, intimidation and bullying by the officers, agents or privies of the NLC and other Unions pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

The NLC and its affiliate unions have fixed September 28 for the commencement of a nationwide strike to protest hikes in prices of petrol and electricity.

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