FG urges workers to report for duties, warns TUC, NLC

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The Federal Government has urged workers to shun the directive by the Nigeria Labour Congress (TUC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on strike even as it also warned the two unions that proceeding with the industrial action will violate existing court orders.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said this in a statement issued in response to notice by the unions to workers across the country to embark on a nationwide strike at midnight, on Tuesday.

The unions had called for the strike over alleged brutalisation of the President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC in Imo State.

But in a statement late Monday, Kamarudeen Ogundele, the Special Assistant Communication & Publicity to the AGF & Minister of Justice Lateef Fagbemi, reminded the unions that there is an existing court order barring them from going on strike.

“We wish to remind the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress that there is a subsisting court order stopping the unions and their affiliates from embarking on the strike,” the statement read.

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“The interim order was granted on November 10 by the President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Justice B. B. Kanyip.

“The unions have been served the court order and, therefore, must surrender themselves to the authority of the court which is already seized with the facts of the case. Any action taken contrary to the order will be tantamount to contempt of court.

The Attorney General therefore asked the unions to “respect the court order and adhere to the principle of the rule of law. There is no need to resort to self-help.

“We urge workers to report for duties and not to entertain any fear as their safety is guaranteed and will be protected within the ambit of law.”

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