The National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja has ordered the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) not to embark on strike over the removal of fuel subsidy.
The federal government had prayed the court for an interim injunction to stop the labour unions from proceeding on the strike scheduled to begin on Wednesday.
Delivering the ruling on Monday, OY Anuwe, the presiding judge, said the unions should halt the planned strike pending the hearing and determination of the ex parte motion filed by the federal government.
On June 2, NLC issued a five-day ultimatum to the federal government to revert to the old price of petrol or face a nationwide strike.
Worker unions, including the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), and Nigeria Union of Journalists, have asked their members to join the planned strike.
Owing to the development, the federal government approached the court for an interim injunction.
The presiding judge said the federal government was able to show that the planned strike is capable of disrupting activities in the health and education sectors.
“The defendants/respondents are hereby restrained from embarking on the planned industrial action/or strike of any nature, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated 5th June 2023,” the judge said.
“It is ordered that the defendant/respondents be immediately served with the originating processes in this suit, the motion on notice and the order of this court hereby made.
“The motion on notice is hereby fixed for hearing for 19th June 2023. Hearing notices to that effect shall be served on the defendants/respondents along with the other processes.”