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|Wabba’s NLC, TUC Insist On Strike; Say Court Order Is Black Market Injunction by daslad(f): 5:05am On May 18, 2016|
Ajaero’s faction, FG set up committee on price, minimum wage
ABUJA — The National Industrial Court, NIC, sitting in Abuja, yesterday, stopped the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Unions Congress, TUC, from embarking on strike today.
This came as Organised Labour and its civil society allies, yesterday, vowed to go ahead with the planned indefinite strike from today to make government reverse the N145 per litre pump price of petrol, despite the restraining order by the court.
However, Vanguard sources at the meeting said NLC and TUC were infuriated that, while government was on one hand negotiating with them, its officials were on the other hand, seeking a black market injunction, and threatened to use the strike to make a statement to the government.
One of the leaders, who attended the meeting but spoke on condition of anonymity, said: “Our decision not to suspend the strike was further fuelled by today’s (yesterday’s) injunction by the Industrial Court, restraining us from proceeding on the strike expected to begin tomorrow (today).”
Corroborating the position of Wabba-led NLC and TUC, Pro-Labour Civil Society Groups, Joint Action Front, JAF, vowed to disregard the restraining order.
According to the Secretary of JAF, Abiodun Aremu: ‘’The mass action is on! Let them come with the injunction, we would disobey whatever injunction they are coming up with.”
No strike— Ajaero
Meanwhile, Factional President of NLC, Joe Ajaero, yesterday, faulted the restraining order by NIC stopping the planned strike and mass protest.
Ajaero, while reacting to the restraining order by the President of NIC, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, contended that it was wrong for the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to have gone to court over a matter that parties were already on a negotiation table.
He equally wondered why the President of NIC would give an order onan ex-parteapplication without putting the other party on notice as was the practice.
Ajaero said: “This was not the first time a court would try to stop labour action. If you could recall, when Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was the president of NLC, there was a court order against planned strike by NLC and TUC, which Oshiomhole described as a black market injunction.
“It was very wrong for the Attorney General of the Federation to have gone to court while parties in this case, the federal government and Labour, were already on the negotiation table.”
“Ajaero restated his earlier position that labour could not have mobilised sufficiently enough for today’s strike without exhausting all avenues for settlement.
“When we spoke with you yesterday (Monday), we insisted that there was no way we could mobilize, sensitize and even start an action tomorrow (Wednesday).
‘’That we would rather negotiate and it is only when the negotiations might have collapsed that we take the option of going through any action.
“On the basis of that, we agreed that a committee should be set up to, among other things, look at the issue of minimum wage; look at the issue of N500bn social investment; look at the issue of setting up or reconstituting the PPPRA board and review the N145 new pump price of petroleum product.
‘’The committee is to report back in two weeks time. I won’t like to drag it more than this than to say this is the summary of the agreement reached.,” he stated.
Ajaero, however, insisted that his faction, including NUPENG, PENGASSAN, NUEE, among others, would not go on strike over fuel price hike by the Federal Government.
He spoke after his faction’s meeting with federal government officials ended early , yesterday morning. This was a few hours after the meeting with Ayuba Wabba’s faction ended.
The meetings, which ended without conclusion, were in session at press time last night. They started late yesterday evening.
|Re: Wabba’s NLC, TUC Insist On Strike; Say Court Order Is Black Market Injunction by Oshlander: 5:08am On May 18, 2016|
|Re: Wabba’s NLC, TUC Insist On Strike; Say Court Order Is Black Market Injunction by Checked86: 5:31am On May 18, 2016|
I think the only person that is not trying to run this economy down is ME. You must embark on Gulder Ultimate-like Search on nairaland for you to see any gudunuz about this government.
|Re: Wabba’s NLC, TUC Insist On Strike; Say Court Order Is Black Market Injunction by Blizzy9ja: 5:57am On May 18, 2016|
We cannot just fold our arms and watch dem increase the price of fuel with promises that it will come down, nothing comes down in thus country.
This govt is not to be trusted, they have told us so many lies and have denied previous statements
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