- Court has halted the proposed strike action by the labour unions
- The NLC and TUC had vowed that the industrial action would begin on Monday, September 28, if the FG fails to reverse the price of fuel and electricity tariff
- Nigerians have criticised the FG over the hike in the petrol price
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The planned nationwide strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) might have hit the rock.
The Nation reports that the National Industrial Court on Thursday, September 24, granted an interim injunction restraining the NLC and TUC, their officers, affiliates and privies from embarking on any strike or stoppage of work from Monday, September 28.
Legit.ng gathered that Justice Ibrahim Galadima said the order was given pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The report also noted that the court granted an order of interim injunction restraining the unions, their officers, affiliates, privies from disrupting, restraining, picketing or preventing the workers or its affiliates or ordinary Nigerians from accessing their offices to carry out their legitimate duties on Monday, September 28 or any other date.
The Incorporated Trustees of Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association had filed an ex-parte application through their counsel, Sunusi Musa, to stop the proposed strike action.
The court also granted an order compelling the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the director-general Department of State Services (DSS) to provide protection for workers engaged in their legitimate duties from any form of harassment, intimidation and bullying by the officers, agents or privies of the unions pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Laolu Akande, special adviser to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, September 16, submitted that the hike in the electricity tariff is in the interest of the country.
It was reported that Akande said the federal government gave a hint of hope that things would be back on the right track.
The vice president's aide also posited that the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) which the federal government is negotiating with will be presented with evidence on why the subsidy removal is in the interest of the nation.
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