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Court stops NLC, TUC strike over fuel, electricity hike

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Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court has issued an order restricting organised labour, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC),  from embarking on an industrial action on Monday September, 28 2020.

Justice Galadima issued the interim injunction following an ex-parte application filed by the Incorporated Trustees of Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association on Thursday.

Recall that ElombahNews had on September 22, reported that the organised labour vowed to go on with the proposed industrial action and protests over the recent hike in fuel price.

The National Executive Council of TUC and NLC made the resolve after a meeting held in Abuja.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, had warned that the proposed industrial action will proceed from next week.

According to Wabba, the decision of the strike, which was unanimously taken by NLC chairmen of the 36 states and FCT chapters, will take effect from September 28.

Wabba decried the failure of the Federal Government to reverse the hike in electricity tariff and fuel price which were imposed 24 hours apart.

On his part, the TUC, in a statement by its President, Comrade Quadri Olaleye and Secretary-General, Comrade Musa-Lawal Ozigi, warned Nigerians to get ready for “unprecedented mass action against corruption, obnoxious policies, rape and other violent offences, breach of Collective Agreement, unemployment, etc.”

However, the court order barred NLC, TUC, their officers, affiliates and privies from embarking on any strike or stoppage of work from the said date.

The judge said the order was pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

Further, the court restricted the unions, their officers, affiliates, privies from disrupting, restraining, picketing or preventing the workers or its affiliates or ordinary Nigerians from accessing their offices to carry out their legitimate duties on the 28th September 2020 or any other date.

The court ordered the Inspector General of Police and the Director General Department of State Services (DSS) 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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