President Bola Tinubu’s administration has informed the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) that any strike is illegal and will be prosecuted.
The federal government was reacting to the NLC’s seven-day ultimatum to go on strike over the increase in the price of petrol and the high cost of living in the country.
The NLC issued an ultimatum to the federal government on Wednesday to repeal all “anti-poor” and “insensitive” policies.
However, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Justice, B.E Jedy-Agba, said in a statement that the union is barred from striking over the loss of the petrol subsidy by a national industrial court judgement.
According to Jedy-Agba, the court issued an injunction on June 5 preventing the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) “from embarking on the planned industrial action/or strike of any nature, pending the hearing and determination of the pending motion on notice.”
She recommended the union to examine alternative methods of negotiating with the federal government rather than “resorting to self-help and undermining court orders.”