LABOUR Na­tional In­dus­trial Court okays strike ac­tions

Daily Trust - - LABOUR - By Mustapha Suleiman

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.

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