Photo: Mrs Beatrice Jedy-Agba, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice.
NLC’s planned strike illegal, says Perm Sec
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Beatrice Jedy-Agba, has said that the notice of intended strike issued by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is in contempt of orders of the National Industrial Court.
Jedy-Agba, who made this known in a statement issued late on Wednesday, noted that there is a pending suit between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Nigerian Labour.
The Permanent Secretary reminded the labour union that on 5th June 2023, the National Industrial Court granted an injunctive order restraining the NLC and Trade Union Congress from embarking on a strike of any nature, pending the hearing and determination of the pending Motion on Notice.
According to her, the motion on notice filed by the Federal Government is also praying for an order of interlocutory injunction for parties to maintain the status quo, pending the determination of the dispute or issues submitted to the court.
She said that the removal of fuel subsidy, hike in prices of petrol and consequential increase in cost of living among others, which precipitated the above court action were the same issues over which NLC has now issued another strike notice.
Mrs Jedy-Agba stressed that the NLC has submitted to the jurisdiction of the court and was expected to allow the courts to perform their constitutional roles rather than resorting to self-help and undermining the orders of the court.
“This latest strike notice is consistent with the inexplicable disdain that 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.
“The leadership of the union is casting aspersions on the Judiciary,” she added.