Court Bans NLC, TUC From Going On Nationwide Strike On Nov 6
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has banned the organised labour, comprising the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on its indefinite strike scheduled to commence on November 6.
The presiding judge, Justice Sanusi Kado, on Friday, gave the order in a ruling on an ex parte application moved on behalf of the Federal Government by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata.
Speaking in agreement with Apata, the judge held that if the strike is allowed it would lead to huge economic loss to both public and private institutions and could jeopardise the health of many Nigerians who would not be able to access health facilities during the period.
The judge further restrained the NLC, the TUC and the Incorporated Trustees of the Nigerian Governors Forum (listed as the first, second, and third defendants) from taking steps capable of destroying the subject of the dispute.
The hearing of the main suit has been fixed for November 8.
Bear in mind that the organised labour had threatened to commence an indefinite strike action to press for the increase in the national minimum wage from the current N18,000.
The unions, which had initially demanded for N56,000 as the new minimum wage, now reduced it to N30,000, while the federal government and state governments are offering N24,000 and N20,000, respectively.