Saturday, January 7, 2012

Labour Set to Defy Court Order Stopping Strike

This Day
7 January 2012

Organised Labour appeared set last night to disobey the court order stopping the strike it slated for Monday to protest the removal of fuel subsidy in the country.

National Industrial Court
in Abuja restrained the Nigeria Labour Cong-ress and Trade Union Congress from going ahead with the strike.

The order emerged after the federal government through the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation brought an application before the court praying it to restrain both NLC and TUC from embarking on the strike.

But the NLC said it would continue with the industrial action despite the injunction secured by the Federal Government. The order, however, will give the Federal Government the legal power to break up the planned strike.

NLC acting General Secretary, Owei Lakemfa, described the court order as a ‘black market injunction’ which he said was a desperate attempt to stop the masses from protesting for their rights, adding that it would drag the judiciary into the mud.

Lakemfa said the NLC had not been served with any court order and that it was not invited or represented in court

He said Monday's mass protest would go on as "to obtain an injunction from a court that has no competent jurisdiction is to try playing ping pong with the judiciary."

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