NLC shuns order to stop strike as meeting with FG ends in deadlock
The Nigerian Labour Congress NLC and Trade Union Congress have on Thursday, 24 September, 2020 shunned the industrial court order to stop strike beginning from Monday and talks with FG ended in a deadlock.
Following the rise in electricity tariffs and pump fuel price, the NLC and TUC had a dialogue which ended in a deadlock following the failure of the government to reverse the hiked price in electricity tariffs and fuel pump prices.
The NLC and TUC had subsequently declared a strike that was scheduled to commence on Monday. Both unions had agreed to join hands together for maximum results of the strike action.
But the industrial court on Thursday had issued an order restraining the aforesaid strike that would have commenced on Monday.
Justice Galadima ordered the labour unions, 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 court also granted an order compelling the Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General, Department of State Services, to provide protection for workers engaged in their legitimate duties from any form of harassment and intimidation by the officers, agents of the unions pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The NLC president has however dismissed this injunction saying that those who obtained the order were not their employees.
The meeting between FG and the labour unions had ended in a deadlock on Thursday.
The TUC president,Quadri Olaleye stated, “We were not the one that adjourned the meeting; the government adjourned it till Monday. Monday is the expiration of the ultimatum and we are still very much focused on that. It is a deadlock now”.
The union leader had said, “We are coming with an open mind to find a solution to the problems in the country, especially on the price hike. They have made their proposal, but we are saying let us suspend or reverse, then we can now continue to discuss but they have adjourned. But labour will continue with the mobilisation of workers.”
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