Abuja Court Stops TUC, NLC from Going on with Planned Strike

The planned strike action by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has suffered a setback, as the National Industrial Court in Abuja, on Thursday, issued an interim order restraining the unions from going ahead with the action.

The Unions had scheduled Monday, September 28, 2020, to begin nationwide protest and industrial action, over the recent increase in petrol price and electricity hike.

Justice Ibrahim Galadima issued the interim order following an ex-parte application filed by a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association through their counsel, Sunusi Musa.

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.

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