The Ministry of Justice has reminded the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) of a subsisting court order that prohibits them and their affiliates from proceeding with the planned strike.
Mr. Kamarudeen Ogundele, Special Assistant Communication and Publicity to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice made the disclosure in a statement
He said the interim order, granted on November 10th by Justice B. B. Kanyip, President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, explicitly instructed the unions to comply with its terms and respect the authority of the court.
He explained that failure to adhere to the court order would be viewed as contempt of court, a serious offense.
Ogundele pointed that the Ministry of Justice emphasized that the rule of law must be upheld, urging the unions to abstain from taking any action that goes against the court order.
The statement further assured workers that their safety is guaranteed and will be protected within the boundaries of the law.
In the statement, the Ministry of Justice encouraged workers to report for duty without fear.
in a recent development, the Nigerian Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress has directed its affiliated Members to commence industrial action today, 13th Nov. 2023 at 12 midnight.
In a statement jointly signed by Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary, NLC and Comrade Nuhu Toro Secretary General, TUC
The statement added that “in furtherance to the decision of the Joint National Executive Council (NEC) of NLC and TUC, all workers in Nigeria are hereby directed to withdraw their services effective 12:00 midnight today, 13th November 2023.”