LABOUR National Industrial Court okays strike actions
The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has held that workers are entitled to strike actions.
In the judgment delivered by Hon. Justice Kanyip in a suit brought by the Federal Government of Nigeria against NLC & TUC over the proposed strike actions of the NLC/TUC over the increase of PMS from N85 to N145 by the government, the court held that Nigeria is a member of the ILO and ILO recognises strike actions as a negotiation tool by workers.
The court further stated the conditions for such strike to include, “The obligation to give prior notice and to give room for negotiation.”
The court also held that the issue over the increase in petroleum products was not a trade dispute but outside and that workers have right to embark on strike to drive home their demand provided those in essential services are excluded.
Femi Falana, SAN & Co. represented the NLC while Kayode Ajulo & Co. represented TUC.
The federal government was represented by Mr. Dayo Apata, the Director of Civil Litigation.