According to Organised Labour, there was no court ruling preventing its members from embarking on a statewide strike.
Remember that last Friday, the Nigerian National Industrial Court (NICN) granted a temporary injunction to prevent members of organised labour and its affiliates from carrying out the planned statewide strike that was set to start on November 14.
Justice Benedict Kanyip, the court’s president, gave the directive on Friday when making a decision on an ex-parte application.
Tijani Gazali (SAN), Acting Director (Civil Appeals), Federal Ministry of Justice, argued the case before the court on behalf of the Federal Government, which was represented by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).
According to Justice Kanyip, the order would remain in effect until the outcome of the AGF’s motion on notice for interlocutory injunctions, which was filed.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) on Monday instructed their members to start organising for a statewide strike in protest of the attack on NLC President Joe Ajaero, in defiance of the court order.
In a Channels Television interview on Wednesday, TUC President Festus Osifo refuted having received a court order to halt the strike.
On the eve of the strike, the president of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) stated that rather than resolving their grievances, the federal government “shopped” for a court injunction.
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