The planned nationwide strike by organised labour in Nigeria, comprising the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, has been stopped by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria.
Justice Sanusi Kado of the National Industrial Court who passed judgement on the ex parte application filed on behalf of the FG by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata, agreed with FG’s counsel on the planned nationwide strike leading to huge economic loss and possibly put the health of many Nigerians in jeopardy as they might not be able to access health facilities during the period.
The Judge who ordered that the court order and other papers be filed on all the defendants, adjourned the matter till November 8 for the hearing of the motion on notice seeking the interlocutory injunction to stop the strike.
It was reported few days ago, that following the disagreement in increasing the national minimum wage from the current N18,000 to N30,000, the organised labour threatened to commence an indefinite strike action from November 6.
The last meeting of the tripartite negotiation committee on the minimum wage had ended in deadlock, after the FG insisted that it could only afford to pay N25,000, while the governors under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum had held on to N22,500 and the labour N30,000.