By Ella Makondo
The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, have dismissed the ruling of the National Industrial Court preventing them from going on with a proposed Industrial action scheduled to begin on Monday.
The NLC and the TUC stated this after a meeting between the Federal Government and the workers ended in a deadlock on Thursday evening
The proposed strike scheduled to hold from Monday follows the recent hike in electricity tariffs and fuel pump price.
The industrial court in Abuja, had on Thursday, issued an interim order restraining the unions from embarking on the strike.
The court order was issued by Justice Ibrahim Galadima following an ex-parte application filed by a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association through their counsel, Sunusi Musa.
Justice Galadima ordered the labour unions, their leadership and affiliate groups to halt the plan to embark on the strike pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed by the applicant.
The judge also granted an order of interim injunction restraining the unions from disrupting, restraining, picketing or preventing the workers or ordinary Nigerians from accessing their offices to carry out their legitimate duties on September 28, 2020 or any other date
It also granted an order compelling the Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General, Department of State Services, to provide protection for workers to go about their legitimate businesses without any form of harassment, intimidation and bullying by the unions, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
Reacting to the court injunction, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, dismissed it, saying he had not been served, saying that the group that filed the suit was not his employers.
“How does that (injunction) affect me if I have not been served? Have I been served? Are they our employers? What relationship do I have with any group?,” he said.
The meeting between the Federal Government and organised labour meant to avert the planned strike held on Thursdays evening at the Presidential Villa’s Banquet Hall, Abuja, had also ended in deadlock.
Speaking after the meeting, the TUC President, Quadri Olaleye, said the mobilisation of workers for the strike would not be halted, noting that the government failed to reverse or suspend the fuel price hike and electricity tariff adjustment.
However, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, told Journalists after the dialogue said that parties had a fruitful discussion, adding that it was shifted till Monday to conclude the discussions
He expressed optimism that the unions would heed the government’s plea to suspend their planned strike.