The President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Justice Babatunde Adeniran Ademjumo today granted an interim order restraining the Nigeria Labor Congress from embarking on an indefinite strike. The strike, slated for tomorrow, is to protest the hike in the price of petrol. However, it is understood that the Labour Unions have resolved to disregard the restraining order and proceed with the planned strike.
The industrial action is understood to take effect from 12 midnight today according to the original plan. The National Executive Council, NEC meeting of the NLC resolved this in Abuja though newsmen were not addressed after the meeting. It is understood that the unions took the decision to mobilize workers on strike, after exhaustive deliberations on last week’s fuel hike by the federal government.
A factional NLC, led by the General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees, Joe Ajaero, may not join the strike. He had hinted yesterday that his leadership was not favourably disposed to embarking on the strike.
Earlier today, Justice Babatunde Adejumo of the NIC, who presided over the lawsuit between Federal Government of Nigeria and the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress granted an interim order of injunction. The order cast a restraint on the Defendants/Respondents, their agents, privies, employees, workmen, or servants to desist from embarking on an industrial action. The restraining order would be pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
His ruling read:
“The defendants are hereby restrained from carrying out the threat contained in their communique issued on May 14, 2016 pending the hearing 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.
“It is the order of this court that none of the parties shall engage in any act, conduct, overtly, covertly on this matter pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”