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FG Secures Fresh Court Order To Stop Planned Labour Strike

The Federal Government has obtained a fresh court order restraining the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on their planned nationwide strike.

A judge of the National Industrial Court, Ibrahim Galadima, gave the order while ruling on an ex parte application brought by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation on Friday.

Acting Director of the Department of Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry Of Justice, Maimuna Shiru, and Tijjani Gazali, also of the ministry, had moved the application on behalf of the Federal Government.

The same judge had also on Thursday granted an ex parte order in favour of the Incorporated Trustees of Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, barring both unions from going on with the strike.

The labour unions had planned 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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