The Nigeria Labour Congress is urging Nigerians to stockpile foods stuff before the commencement of strike it is planning to embark upon.
This is coming despite a court injunction restraining them from going on strike over non-implementation of N30,000,00 as its new minimum wage.
The National Industrial Court (NIC), yesterday, barred the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on any industrial action until the substantive suit is determined. Hearing of the case, which was instituted by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) has been fixed for Thursday, November 8 in Abuja.
Justice Kado of the NIC sitting in Abuja, had specifically barred the NLC, the TUC and the Incorporated Trustees of the Nigerian Governors Forum, who were listed as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Defendants in the matter, respectively, from taking steps capable of destroying the ‘Res’ (subject matter) of the case before him.
He directed that the order stopping the planned strike should be served on both the NLC and TUC immediately.
According to Justice Kado, “It is in the overall interest of justice and stability of the society to grant the order of interim injunction against the 1st and 2nd defendants (NLC and TUC), their members, privies, agents, proxies, workmen, or servants from embarking on or taking part in the planned strike or industrial action scheduled to commence on November 6, 2018, in whatever form pending the hearing or determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction which is pending before the court.
“It is also necessary to grant an order of interim injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants (NLC and TUC), their members, privies, agents, proxies, employees, workmen, or servants from engaging or taking part in any conduct or act in contemplation or furtherance of the strike or industrial action pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory
Injunction. The ruling followed a motion the Federal Government filed through the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Mallami, SAN. The motion, which was attached to the suit marked NICN/ABJ/287/2018, was moved in court by the Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr Dayo Apata.
Meanwhile, the organised labour had threatened to embark on an industrial action slated to commence on Tuesday, November 6, if the Federal Government fails to put in place necessary motion towards sending a Bill to the National Assembly to legislate for a new minimum wage for the country.
But President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, in his submission with Newsmen said: “We are not aware of any court ruling and we have not been served any notice. “We have just concluded our joint organ meetings of the Central Working Committees of the Labour Centre of the NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) in Lagos.
“The meeting is the final preparation for a full engagement with the government on the new national minimum wage and we have taken our decision to go on the strike.“Our decision is to go ahead with the nationwide strike unless the government does the needful.”
The Labour has demanded a speedy submission of the national minimum wage report to President Mohammadu Buhari for onward transmission to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law. They resolved that if the government fails to respond and address the issues of making sure the report is signed by the chairman of the tripartite negotiating council committee, Ama Pepple, and submitted to Buhari for speedy enactment into law, the organised labour would commence the national strike by midnight of Tuesday, November 6.