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Nigerian Government playing games with ex parte application order to cage TUC, NLC


Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in conjunction unions had admonish workers to embark on an indefinite strike to enable the Nigerian Government reverted to the old pump price of petrol and adjust the electricity tariff.

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NIC) earlier ordered the organised labour comprising the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress not to proceed on its indefinite strike scheduled for Monday September 28.

Justice Ibrahim Galadima   gave the order in a ruling on an ex parte application moved on behalf of the Nigerian Government by the Acting Director of the Department of Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Maimuna Shiru and Mr Tijjani Gazali, led the Federal Government’s team

 ‘Ex parte application’,  is an order typically issued without giving notice to the affected party, it is a legal term used by an established court of law to restrain or unleash a group or person.

The judge also restrained the unions, their officers, affiliates, privies from disrupting, restraining, picketing or preventing the workers or its affiliates or ordinary Nigerians from accessing their offices to carry out their legitimate duties on the 28th September 2020 or any other date.

Meanwhile, the judicial workers, under the umbrella of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN, ordered the closure of all offices in court from Monday, in solidarity to both the labour and trade unions in the country to embark on industrial action to protest the increment in the prices of electricity and petroleum pump price. The directive for courts to be shut from Monday came barely twenty-four hours after the National Industrial Court, (NIC) in Abuja, issued an order that stopped the planned action by NLC and TUC. The unsigned notice for the commencement of strike judicial workers, copies of which were circulated in and around the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, stated: “Please be informed that the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Federal High Court chapter shall, in collaboration with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), commences a two-week indefinite strike action from Monday the 28th day of September 2020. “All offices shall remain closed within this period. You are required to comply.”