Court stops NLC, TUC from embarking on strike over electricity, fuel hike

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The Abuja Vacation Judge of the National Industrial Court Thursday punctured the proposed indefinite strike of the organized labour, after restraining them from carrying out the strike action via an interim injunction.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), their officers, affiliates and privies had slated September, 28 2020 for the industrial action.

While giving his verdict on the matter, Justice Ibrahim Galadima declared that the order was pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on notice.

The order it would be recalled, was sequel to an ex-parte application filed by the Incorporated Trustees of Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association through their counsel, Sunusi Musa.

The court also granted an order of interim injunction restraining the unions, their officers, and 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.

In the same vein, the court also granted an order compelling 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.

Recall that following the recent adjustment of the retail price of petrol to over N160 per litre and the review of electricity tariff by over 100 per cent, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) had threatened to call a national protest if the federal government refused to reverse the new prices.

The nationwide protest which was slated for September 28 was arrived at after the organized labour with the federal government over the issue ended in a deadlock last week.

While justifying the new fuel price and electricity tariff, the government said the new fuel price was a product of the interplay of market forces under the deregulation policy in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.

The government insisted that the deregulation policy and new electricity tariff were inevitable, as it could no longer subsidise fuel price due to dwindling revenues.

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