Industrial Court Restrains NLC, TUC from Going on Strike Next Tuesday

Industrial Court Restrains NLC, TUC from Going on Strike Next Tuesday

The Federal Government on Friday evening secured a restraining order against the organised labour from proceeding on industrial action on Tuesday, November 14,2023. The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) as well as their affiliates from embarking on any form of strike or industrial action.

The Federal Government on Friday evening secured a restraining order against the organised labour from proceeding on industrial action on Tuesday, November 14,2023.

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

Justice Benedict Bakwaph Kanyip President of the Court, issued the restraining order following an ex-parte application before the Court by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice.

The judge invoked sections 17 and 19 of the National Industrial Court Act to issue the restraining order against the Labour.

The Federal Government and the AGF through their counsel, Mr. Tijani Gazali Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Director of Civil Appeals in the Federal Ministry of Justice had in an ex-parte application prayed the court to stop the planned industrial action so as to stop untold hardships that would be inflicted on innocent law abiding citizens and their businesses.

Mr. Gazali while arguing the ex-parte application drew the attention of Justice Kanyip to series of hardships suffered by Nigerians on Thursday alone when the labour unions blocked entrances to the main Airports in the country.

He said that unless the planned strike is stopped, there may be likelihood of breach of peace and tranquility in the country.

The Judge who was persuaded by government’s arguments in a short ruling said that it is within the power of the court to intervene by way of restraining order to ensure peace and tranquility.

He proceeded to grant all the requests of the federal government as contained in the motion paper.

In addition,the judge directed that the restraining order be pasted on the wall of “Labour House” being 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 publishing it in two major national dailies.

Shortly after the ruling, the President of the Court transferred the case file to Justice Olufunke Yemi Anuwe who was said to be handling similar labour dispute between the same parties.

The Court President said Justice Anuwe would issue hearing notice to the parties at the appropriate time.

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