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Minimum Wage: Court Stops NLC From Embarking On Planned Strike

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has ordered the organized labor, comprising the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress not to embark on its indefinite strike scheduled to commence on November 6.

Justice Sanusi Kado, on Friday, gave the order in a ruling on an ex parte application moved on behalf of the Federal Government by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata.

The leadership of the labor unions had agreed to embark on the strike to press home their demands for the Federal government to adopt the N30, 000 minimum wage they are requesting for.

The state governors on Wednesday, October 31st, announced their readiness to increase the minimum wage from N18, 500 to N22, 500.

The Federal government has since rejected the proposed minimum wage by the state governors while the National leadership of the NLC and TUC have said that it is either N30, 000 or they go on strike.

Delivering judgment on an ex-parte application restraining the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on the planned strike, Justice Kado granted the application pending the determination of the substantive suit filed by the Federal Government and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) against both unions. He said he was moved to grant the ex-parte application because of the likely devastating effect the strike would have on the nation, its economy and the people.

The hearing of the main suit has been fixed for Thursday, November 8th.

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