Court Stops Planned Labor Union Strikes in Nigeria

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The National Industrial Court has ordered the Nigerian Labor Congress and the Trade Union Congress to put aside their proposed Wednesday strike action over an increase in the premium motor spirit of N145 per liter by the Federal Government.

The labour unions had threatened to commence a nationwide strike on Wednesday but Justice Babatunde Adejumo gave the restraining order after the Attorney General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, argued an ‎ex parte application. Ruling on an exparte application on Tuesday, the court ordered parties to maintain the status quo until the hearing and determination of the exparte motion.

Justice Adejumo ruled, “The defendants are hereby restrained from carrying out the threat contained in their communique issued on May 14, 2016 pending the heeding and determination of the ‎motion on notice filed on May 16.“It is the order of this court that status quo be maintained as at May 17‎.” The order being an interim one will last for seven days, although it is subject to renewal. Citing Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution as amended to justify his application to stop the strike.