The National Industrial Court has given an interim order stopping organized labour from embarking on proposed strike.
The strike was originally scheduled for September 28, 2020 to protest the recent hikes in the price of petrol and electricity.
Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the gave a interim order on Thursday, even as the meeting between the Federal government negotiators and the labour leaders was going on at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Justice Galadima said the order was given pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
The order arose from an ex-parte application filed by the Incorporated Trustees of Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association through their counsel, Mr. Sunusi Musa.
The court also granted an order of interim injunction restraining the unions, their officers, and affiliates, privies from disrupting, restraining, picketing or preventing the workers or its affiliates or ordinary Nigerians from accessing their offices to carry out their legitimate duties on September 28, 2020 or any other date.
In the same vein, the court also granted an order compelling the Inspector General of Police and the Director General Department of State Services (DSS) to provide protection for workers engaged in their legitimate duties from any form of harassment, intimidation and bullying by the officers, agents or privies of the unions pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
Following the recent adjustment of the retail price of petrol to over N160 per litre and the review of electricity tariff by over 100 per cent, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) had threatened to call a national protest if the Federal government refused to reverse the new prices.
The nationwide protest, which was slated for September 28, was arrived at after the organized labour meeting with the Federal government over the issue ended in a deadlock last week.
While justifying the new fuel price and electricity tariff, the government said the new fuel price is a product of the interplay of market forces under the deregulation policy in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.
The government insisted that the deregulation policy and new electricity tariff are inevitable, as it could no longer subsidize fuel price due to dwindling revenues.