The Rivers State Authorities has accused the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) of colluding with its nationwide management to power industrial motion on employees within the state.
Briefing journalists in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the Commissioner for Justice and Legal professional Common of the state, Professor Zacchaeus Adangor mentioned the NLC is abandoning a subsisting courtroom case reserved for judgement on September 29, 2020, to embark on its threatened present strike.
Prof Adangor defined that on March 16, the Organised Labour issued a seven-day discover for an indefinite strike however it failed as scheduled for midnight, March 23.
In response to the Commissioner, a go well with was instituted by the Rivers State Authorities on the Port Harcourt Division of the Nationwide Industrial Court docket of Nigeria in search of interpretation to the enabling legal guidelines regarding the strike.
He additional acknowledged that the originating summons was heard and as a substitute of the NLC to await the judgment that was reserved for September 29, they’re calling for an additional strike.
“The Rivers State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Commerce Union Congress of Nigeria failed or uncared for to fulfil the situation precedent for the declaration of the strike motion as prescribed in Part 4,6 and 18(1)(a) of the Commerce Dispute Act, Cap T8, Legal guidelines of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
“Surprisingly, whereas go well with No. NICN/PH/41/2020 continues to be pending and the Interim Order of Injunction issued therein nonetheless subsisting, the defendants appearing in collusion and live performance with the nationwide management of the Organised Labour (NLC and TUC) issued one other risk of a recent strike in Rivers state primarily based on the identical causes,” he mentioned.
The Legal professional Common and Commissioner for Justice famous that within the face of overt and unmitigated illegality by Organised Labour, the Rivers State Authorities approached the Court docket as a result of it believes within the rule of regulation.
In response to him, the federal government obtained an interim injunction from the Nationwide Industrial Court docket of Nigeria sitting in Lagos to cease the labour strike whereas additionally in search of an interpretation of provisions of the Commerce Dispute Act and Commerce Union Act.
Professor Adangor mentioned with the subsisting matter in courtroom and the order of interim injunction, the organised labour within the state could be committing contempt of courtroom if it embarks on industrial motion.
“The trial courtroom after listening to in depth authorized argument from the Legal professional Common of Rivers state granted an order of Interim Injunction restraining all of the Defendants on document.
“Whether or not by themselves or by their servants, brokers, privies, officers or in any other case howsoever known as from embarking on strike motion in Rivers State on fifth, sixth, or seventh September 2020 or some other date whether or not earlier or later, pending the listening to and willpower of the movement on discover for Interlocutory Injunction,” he mentioned.
Talking additional, Adangor famous that each one the defendants had been duly served with the Order of Interim Injunction and so they can’t declare in any other case, including that the affidavits of service had been filed within the registry of the courtroom after substituted technique of service was used.