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Court Restrains NLC, TUC From Embarking On Strike Over Fuel Price, Electricity Tariffs Hike

The National Industrial Court has granted an interim injunction restraining the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) their officers, affiliates and privies from embarking on any strike or stoppage of work from Monday, September, 28 2020.

In a ruling on Thursday, Justice Ibrahim Galadima said the order is pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

He also granted an order of interim injunction restraining the unions, their officers, affiliates, privies from disrupting, restraining, picketing or preventing the workers or its affiliates or ordinary Nigerians from accessing their offices to carry out their legitimate duties on the 28th September 2020 or any other date.

In addition, the judge granted an order compelling the Inspector General of Police and the Director General Department of State Services (DSS) to provide protection for workers engaged in their legitimate duties from any form of harassment, intimidation and bullying by the officers, agents or privies of the unions pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

Justice Galadima made the orders sequel to an ex-parte application filed by the Incorporated Trustees of Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association through their counsel, Sunusi Musa.

The labour unions had threatened to embark on a nationwide protest and strike from Monday, September 28, 2020, over the increase in fuel pump price and electricity tariffs.

Government had recently increased the ex-depot price of petrol from N 138.62 to N147.67, prompting marketers to adjust their petrol prices to between N158 and N162 from N148 to N150 in August. The ex-depot price is the price at which government sells petrol to marketers.

Besides the fuel hike being the third within three months, it came at a time electricity distribution companies increased their tariffs.

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