In a recent development, the Organised Labour has clarified that it did not receive any court order to halt the ongoing nationwide strike that commenced on Tuesday. TUC President, Festus Osifo, stated on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program that, as of now, they have not been served with a court order. He highlighted the government’s track record of not obeying court orders and emphasized the need for responsible consideration of any such order received in the future.
Osifo pointed out instances where the government, particularly the Department of State Services (DSS), did not comply with court orders, citing the case of Emefiele’s detention. He affirmed the unions’ commitment to examining any court order received and making a responsible decision in consultation with their legal team.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had ordered their affiliates to withdraw services nationwide from midnight on November 14, 2023. This strike action was initiated to demand justice following the assault on Joe Ajaero, the President of the NLC, in Owerri on November 1, 2023.
The Federal Government, alongside the Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, filed an ex-parte application urging the court to stop the unions from proceeding with the planned strike. The President of the Court, Justice Benedict Kanyip, invoked Sections 17 and 19 of the National Industrial Court Act, instructing the unions to cease the nationwide strike.
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However, Osifo’s statement indicates that the Organised Labour is yet to officially receive the court order. The situation remains dynamic, and the unions have expressed their commitment to responsible consideration of any legal directives received. As the nationwide strike continues, its impact on government-owned facilities and workers across the country is evident, with varying degrees of compliance observed in different states.
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