In spite of an order by the National Industrial Court (NIC) restraining the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on their planned indefinite nationwide strike on Wednesday, the unions have vowed to protest the hike in price of petrol.
Confirming the defiant stance of the organized labour on Tuesday night, the General Secretary of the NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson, said that all is set for the planned nationwide industrial action.
Ozo-Eson also made it known that the planned meeting with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, earlier convened at about 7pm to attempt to broker a last minute truce on the matter, did not hold.
“There was no resolution yet. We are just going for the meeting now. ,” the NLC scribe said on telephone interview. “We have been meeting on our own on matters that are important to us. It is clear the strike will go ahead as planned,” Mr. Ozo-Eson said.
He however assured that an official statement would be issued on the final position after what promises to be an all-night meeting.
In a similar development, the General Executive Secretary of Medical and Health Workers Union, north central, Richard Gbamwuan, shortly after an emergency NEC meeting of the NLC, said that they were going ahead with the proposed strike.
“We have resolved to go ahead with the protest nationwide, as far as we are concerned, we are yet to be aware of any court injunction,” he said.
“And if there is any court injunction, we are just doing what federal government is fond of doing. The same Industrial court had stopped federal government from increasing electric tariff but till date federal government ignored us, they still went ahead, so we are embarking on the protest.”
In Kwara state:
The NLC on Tuesday ordered the workers and residents of the state to stay indoors as from this Wednesday despite the court order that restrained the national leadership of the NLC from embarking on strike over the alleged refusal of the federal government to reduce the petrol price to N86 per litre from N145 per litre.
In Edo state:
Collaborating with the ‘Mother of Nigeria’s Labour’, the Edo State Chapter of NLC has declared an indefinite strike in the state.
The workforce said it will begin an indefinite strike on Wednesday, despite the industrial court order, restraining them from protesting the fuel price hike.
Speaking on the imminent industrial action, the state chairman of the NLC, Emmanuel Ademokun, said, “That order was a black market injunction and we are not going to abide by it.
“The strike will commence on Wednesday.
“As regard the Industrial court, we have never respected the order. The court restrained us from using the stadium. Oshiomhole was then the leader. We are going ahead to implement the strike and a directive has already been given from the national headquarters that the strike commences on Wednesday. There is no going back,” he stated.
In Plateau state:
The chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Plateau State, Yakubu Taddy, said members of the union were ready to participate in the protest, but urged that it should be peaceful.
It would be recalled, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), said it was also embarking on the nationwide strike.