The Federal Government has urged workers to disregard the directive from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to go on strike. Simultaneously, it is cautioning both unions that proceeding with the proposed industrial action would constitute a violation of existing court orders. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice conveyed this stance in response to the unions’ notice for a nationwide strike scheduled to commence at midnight on Tuesday.
The unions’ call for the strike is rooted in their allegation of the brutalization of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Imo State. However, in a statement issued late Monday, Kamarudeen Ogundele, the Special Assistant Communication & Publicity to the AGF & Minister of Justice Lateef Fagbemi, reminded the unions of an active court order preventing them from engaging in the strike.
“We wish to remind the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress that there is a subsisting court order preventing the unions and their affiliates from embarking on the strike,” the statement emphasized.
This interim order, granted on November 10 by the President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Justice B. B. Kanyip, has been duly served to the unions. The statement emphasized that failure to comply with the court order would be considered contempt of court.
The Attorney General urged the unions to “respect the court order and adhere to the principle of the rule of law” and emphasized that resorting to self-help is unnecessary. Workers are encouraged to report for duty without fear, as their safety is assured and will be protected within the confines of the law.
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