The National Industrial Court on Tuesday granted an interim order restraining the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) from embarking on its planned strike on Wednesday over the hike in fuel price, pending the hearing and determination of a suit brought before it by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

 

The court was approached by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who sought an order restraining the NLC from proceeding with the planned strike.

 

Malami sought the order on the ground that the strike would disrupt economic activities and could also lead to a breakdown of law and order.

 

The NLC had no representative at the hearing.

 

After hearing the matter, the President of the National Industrial Court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, ordered both parties to maintain the status quo until the hearing and determination of the exparte motion.

 

The order will elapse in 7 days.

 

Justice Adejumo directed the applicant to dialogue with the NLC towards an amicable resolution of their dispute.

 

The case was adjourned to May 24 for hearing of the motion on notice.

 

The federal government began talks with the labour union to address issues raised by the union after it announced a new price of N145 per litre petrol, from its previous price of 86.50.

 

A meeting between both parties held on Monday and an agreement could not be reached, forcing them to reschedule to Tuesday for further discussions.

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