Nigeria’s labour unions may not be able to carry out their threat to embark on strike come November 6.
This is because the National Industrial Court of Nigeria has ordered the organised labour, comprising the
Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress not to embark on its indefinite strike scheduled to commence on November 6.
Justice Sanusi Kado, on Friday, gave the order in a ruling on an ex parte application moved on behalf of the
Federal Government by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata.
Agreeing with Apata, Justice Kado ruled that if the strike is allowed it would lead to huge economic loss to both public and private institutions and could jeopardise
the health of many Nigerians who would not be able to access health facilities during the period.
The organised labour had threatened to commence an indefinite strike action to press for the increase in the national minimum wage from the current 18,000 naira.
The last meeting of the tripartite negotiation committee on the minimum wage had ended in deadlock after
Nigerian governors insisted that it could only afford to pay 25,000 naira while the organised labour insisted on their initial 30,000-naira demand.
Apart from the NLC and the TUC, the NGF is also joined as a defendant in the suit.
Justice Kado adjourned the matter till November 8 for the hearing of the motion on notice seeking the interlocutory injunction to stop the strike.