Proposed Organised Labour strike: AGF urges NLC to desist from going on strike, respect court order.
Written by Tunde Adeyemi on September 29, 2023
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, has asked the Organized Labour to respect the June 5 order issued by the National Industrial Court, restraining both Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress from embarking on any industrial action over fuel subsidy removal and related issues.
In a letter to the NLC and TUC, and Femi Falana, Fagbemi says that the plan by both labour bodies to embark on indefinite strike from October 3 was a violation of the subsisting order and a different a disregard to the dignity and integrity of the court.
The AGF urged Falana to prevail on the NLC to respect the order of the court and allow room for ongoing negotiations between parties on how to address the challenges associated with the fuel subsidy removal.
He noted that from the communique issued by the NLC after its National Executive Council meeting on August 31 and the September 26 joint communique by the Presidents of the NLC and TUC, it was obvious that the proposed strike action is premised principally in furtherance of issues connected with the removal of fuel subsidy, hike in fuel price and consequential matters of making provisions for palliatives and workers welfare.
The AGF reminded them that a court order, regardless of the opinion of any party on it, remains binding and enforceable until set aside.