Subsidy: Jittery FG Gets Court Order Halting NLC Nationwide Strike, Protests

By Miriam Humbe

The Federal Government, (FG) on Monday prayed the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja to stop the planned nationwide industrial action, strikes and protests by the Nigerian Labour Congress, (NLC) and affiliate associations on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 against the high prices of fuel products arising from the subsidy removal.

Following the meeting between the NLC and the FG which deadlocked, the NLC on Friday last week, directed its members nationwide to proceed on an industrial action and protests on Wednesday.

The Presiding Judge, Honorable Justice O. Y. Anuwe decided in the Suit Number NICN/Abj/158/2023 the case between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Attorney General of the Federation against the Nigerian Labour Congress, (NLC) on Monday.

Parties to the case were absent.

The FG was seeking an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants, Respondents, their members and employees, workmen, servants, proxies or affiliates from embarking on the planned industrial action and/or strike of any nature pending the hearing and determination of the Claimants/Applicants’ (FG’s) motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

The Court ruled that “the defendants/Respondents are hereby restrained from embarking on industrial action and/or strike of any nature pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice dated 5th June, 2023.”

As at the time of filing this report, the NLC was yet to issue an official reaction to the new development.


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