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Fuel Subsidy: Organised Labour Appeals Order Stopping Nationwide Strike




Protest: FG Withdraws Suit Against NLC, TUC

The Organised Labour has appealed the court order stopping its members from embarking on their planned strike in protest of the fuel subsidy removal by the Federal Government.

Recall that the National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja had barred the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from going on strike over the fuel subsidy removal.

In a motion filed through their lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), the organised labour asked the court to set aside its interim order that barred the unions from proceeding on strike.

The organised labour in averred that the case against it is liable to be struck out for want of jurisdiction and the ex-parte order set aside, adding that the case against them was offensive to certain provisions of the constitution and liable to be vacated.

Both the NLC and the TUC argued that the court lacked the jurisdictional competence to hear and determine the case “as it was filed in violation of Section 17 {2} of the Trade Disputes Act, which authorizes the Minister of Labour and Employment to refer a trade dispute directly to the National Industrial Court.”

“This court as presently constituted lacks the jurisdictional competence to hear and determine the matter and or make any orders as regards the trade Dispute {subject matter of this suit} for failure to first refer the trade dispute to the Industrial Arbitration Panel as mandated by part 1 of TDA.

“The claimants’ suit offends the lucid provisions of Order 3 Rules 1 and 6 of the National Industrial Court Civil Procedure Rules, 2017.

The union further contended for their rights to strike “under the Trade Unions Act, the Trade Disputes Act, the ILO Convention and under several international treaties the 1st Claimant/Applicant is a signatory to.”

More so, the NLC and the TUC insisted that by virtue of Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, Nigerian workers have the fundamental right to protest against policies of the government considered inimical to their interests.

Furthermore, they argued that the suit by FG did not disclose a reasonable cause of action against them.

Consequently, they applied for an order, “setting aside, discharging and/or vacating the ex parte interim order of injunction restraining the defendants…or affiliates from embarking on the planned industrial action of any nature pending the hearing and determination of the claimants’ motion on notice for an interlocutory injunction made on the 5th June 2023.”

Justice Anuwe had at the time fixed June 19 for a hearing in the suit.


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