The Federal Government of Nigeria has stated that the Nigeria Labour Congress’ planned strike is illegal since it is prohibited by a court order. Earlier on, the NLC had given the FG a seven-day deadline to modify what it called anti-poor and insensitive policies, or it would go on strike.
However, in a statement issued on Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, B.E Jedy-Agba, stated that the National Industrial Court had stopped the labour union from going on strike over the withdrawal of the petrol subsidy.
The statement said, “It is noted that the issues (removal of fuel subsidy, hike in prices of petrol and consequential increase in the cost of living, etc) which precipitated the above court action are the very same issues over which NLC has now issued another strike notice”
“The NLC has submitted to the jurisdiction of the court and is being represented by the reputable law firm of Femi Falana, SAN. It is therefore our minimum expectation that the NLC will allow the courts to perform their constitutional roles rather than resorting to self-help and undermining the orders of the court.
“We note with dismay that this latest strike notice is consistent with the inexplicable disdain which the NLC leadership has visited on the authority of the court in recent times following earlier inciting and derogatory remarks made by the NLC president against the court.
“Aside from the above legal inhibition against any strike action of any nature, we also note that both the federal and state governments are engaging with stakeholders to cushion the collateral effect of the removal of fuel subsidy and increment in fuel price.
“It would be a great act of service to Nigerian workers and the nation’s economy for NLC to explore negotiations rather than embark on any strike action.”