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Despite an order by the National Industrial Court, NIC, on the Nigeria Labour Congress , NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, not to embark on the nationwide strike scheduled for Monday, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice, the two unions insisted on the action yesterday, saying they were not aware of any order
The court, according to online portal, TheCable, also restrained the unions, their officers, affiliates, privies or howsoever described 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 September 28, 2020, or any other subsequent date pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
Trial vacation judge, Justice Ibrahim Galadima made the order sequel to an ex-parte application filed by the Incorported Trustees of Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association through their counsel, Sunusi Musa.
The Court also granted an order compelling the Inspector General of Police and the Director General Department of State Services to provide protection for the claimants and other Nigerian worker 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 case.
FG, Labour adamant
Nevertheless, Organized Labour and the Federal Government yesterday held on to their positions on the recent increase in the pump price of petrol and electricity tariff at the meeting convened by government to find a way out of the strike scheduled to start on Monday.
While Labour insisted that government must reverse the increments to stave off strike, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, justified deregulation of the downstream sector of the petroleum industry, which gave rise to the fuel price increase and why it should stand, insisting that deregulation of the petroleum sector was long overdue.