The National Industrial Court has stopped the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress alongside their affiliates from going on any strike.
The body declared a total nationwide strike from November 14, 2023, after after an extraordinary National Executive Council meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.
This decision was taken following the alleged assault on the NLC national president, Joe Ajaero, last week in Imo state.
However, the FG and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice filed an ex-parte application praying the court to restrain the unions from embarking on the planned strike.
Tijani Gazali, SAN, who represented Federal Government and the AGF during the proceedings on Friday argued that many Nigerians suffered when the labour unions during their protest on Thursday blocked the entrances to the main airports in the country.
He pleaded with the court that unless the planned strike action is stopped, there may be a likelihood of a breach of peace and tranquility in the country.
In his ruling, the President of the court, Justice Benedict Kanyip, cited Sections 17 and 19 of the National Industrial Court Act and ordered the unions to stop their nationwide strike.
He said, “It is within the power of the court to intervene by way of restraining order to ensure peace and tranquility, ”
Kanyip directed that the restraining order be pasted on the wall of the Labour House, which is the last known address of the two defendants, to draw their attention to the court’s position.
The judge also directed that the order, along with the originating and other processes, be served on the defendants by publication in two major national dailies.