Nigeria's Industrial Court Stops NLC From Mondays Strike Action

NLC To Cease Strike - Says Nigeria's Industrial Court

  

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — An industrial court in Nigeria sitting in Abuja ordered unions Friday to stop a planned nationwide strike over spiraling gasoline prices, giving authorities legal power to break up any work stoppages by labor groups.

The court order by Justice Babatunde Adejuwon came after a filing by the federal government to stop the Nigeria Labor Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria from holding a planned strike Monday. Only government lawyers attended the hastily called court hearing in Nigeria's capital Abuja.

The Nigeria Labor Congress issued a statement after the ruling dismissing the order. "There is no going back on next week's protests and shutdown," it said.

Peter Esele, the president of the Trade Union Congress, said Friday night he hasn't seen the court's ruling. "We will respond after we study what's happening," Esele said.

The order does not specify any punitive actions or fines the groups could face if they hold a strike Monday. It does allow authorities to interfere with any strike action — though others can still protest.

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