Minimum Wage: Court Stops Labour’s Planned Strike


The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) yesterday restrained organised labour from embarking on the planned nationwide strike.

The three labour centres – Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) – insisted at a meeting of their joint central working committee in Lagos that there is no going back on the Nov. 6 proposed strike over non-implementation of N30, 000 minimum wage.

Justice Sanusi Kado, in a ruling against the NLC and  TLC), restrained  them  from proceeding with their planned strike, pending the determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunctions  filed by the Federal Government and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

Justice Kado equally restrained the Incorporated Trustees of the Nigerian Governors Forum (listed as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants) from acting in ways capable of adversely affecting the workers.

The judge said he was moved to granting the ex-parte application argued by the Solicitor General of the Federation (SGF), Dayo Apata, because of the likely devastating effect of the strike on the country, its economy and the people.

The ruling was on an ex-parte application filed on November 1 this year by the Federal Government and the AGF. Respondents in the application are the NLC, TUC and Incorporated Trustees of the Governors Forum. The suit is marked: NICN/ABJ/287/2018.


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