FG Warns NLC and TUC Against Planned Strike Amidst Legal Dispute, the Federal Government has issued a stern warning to the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), urging them to abandon their plans for a nationwide indefinite strike scheduled for October 3, 2023. The government contends that this proposed industrial action would constitute a blatant violation of an existing court injunction.
The strike announcement from the labor unions was rooted in concerns over the removal of fuel subsidies and associated issues, which they believe are causing economic hardship for Nigerians. However, the government asserts that these matters are already before the National Industrial Court (NIC) and should be resolved through legal channels.
Notably, the government had initially initiated contempt proceedings against the labor leaders following a previous nationwide protest by the NLC on August 2, 2023. Yet, these proceedings were withdrawn, allowing room for negotiation. Nevertheless, the unions have reaffirmed their intention to proceed with the strike.
The government, represented by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), has written to Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), the head of the legal team for both unions, appealing to him to persuade his clients to reconsider the strike action.
The government emphasized the importance of abiding by court orders and urged the labor unions to refrain from actions that could undermine these judicial directives. Key government officials and security agencies have been informed of this situation.
As the situation unfolds, tensions rise, and the nation awaits further developments in this ongoing dispute over fuel subsidies and industrial action.
Stay tuned for updates on this critical issue.
FG Warns NLC and TUC Against Planned Strike Amidst Legal Dispute