The Organized Labour has announced that it did not receive any court order stopping the ongoing nationwide strike that began yesterday.
However, it also accused the government of repeatedly flouting court orders, all the while, demanding strict adherence to judicial rulings from other institutions.
“Yes, we don’t have a court order but we have a government today who perpetually does not obey court orders. When DSS was holding Emefiele, how many court orders were passed for Emefiele to be released? Countless number of them,” TUC President Festus Osifo, who spoke today on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme said.
The labour leader affirmed that once the unions receive a court order regarding the ongoing strike, they will consult with their legal team and make a decision accordingly.
“We have a state that refuses to obey court orders. You now expect others to obey court orders but once we see it, we are responsible institutions, we will not say because the Federal Government continuously violates court institutions, we will examine it and if it is the right thing for us to do, yes, we will,” he added.
The Nigeria Labour Congress and the TUC on Monday ordered their affiliates to withdraw their services nationwide from midnight on November 14, 2023.
It was gathered that the Federal Government, the Attorney General of the Federation, and the Minister of Justice filed an ex-parte application praying the court to stop the unions from embarking on the planned strike.
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.