Hon. Justice Olufunke Anuwe of the Abuja Judicial Division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria has granted an order restraining the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria 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 Court ordered that the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria be immediately served with the processes in the suit, the Motion on Notice and the order of the court and fixed the matter for hearing for 19th June 2023.
Justice Anuwe made the order sequel to an ex-parte application filed by the Federal Government and the Attorney-General of the Federation & Minister of Justice.
The applicants- The Federal Government and the Attorney-General of the Federation & Minister of Justice had submitted that the proposed strike action is capable of disrupting economic activities, the health sector and the educational sector; and may gravely affect the larger society and indeed the well-being of the nation at large.
Counsel to the FG, Maimuna Lami Shiru Esq and 4 Others submitted that students of Secondary Schools nationwide, especially those writing WAEC exams will be affected; the Tertiary institutions who have only just resumed after a long ASUU strike will also be affected, not leaving the health sector, amongst other sectors; and above all, the economy of the nation.