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Industrial court stops NLC, TUC from going on strike

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The National Industrial Court has restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) as well as their affiliates from embarking on any strike or industrial action.

At an extraordinary National Executive Council meeting on Tuesday in Abuja, the workers’ bodies declared a total nationwide strike from next Tuesday.

The unions took the decision following the alleged assault on the NLC National President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, last week in Imo state.

However, the Federal Government and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice filed an ex-parte application praying the court to stop the unions from embarking on the planned strike.

In the application, the Federal Government and AGF told the court that the planned strike would inflict untold hardship on law-abiding citizens and their businesses.

During the proceedings on Friday, counsel for the Federal Government and the AGF, Mr. Tijani Gazali argued that many Nigerians suffered when the labour unions during their protest on Thursday blocked the entrances to the main airports in the country.

He pleaded with the court that unless the planned strike action is stopped, there may be a likelihood of a breach of peace and tranquility in the country.

In his ruling, the President of the court, Justice Benedict Kanyip cited Sections 17 and 19 of the National Industrial Court Act and ordered the unions to stop their nationwide strike.

“It is within the power of the court to intervene by way of restraining order to ensure peace and tranquility”,” he said.

Justice Kanyip directed that the restraining order be pasted on the wall of the Labour House, which is the last known address of the two defendants, to draw their attention to the court’s position.

The judge also directed that the order, along with the originating and other processes, be served on the defendants by publication in two major national dailies.

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