Court Orders Halt to Strike Actions in Imo State: Labour Warned of Consequences

Court Restrains Labour Strike in Imo State

The National Industrial Court in Owerri, Imo State, has issued a restraining order against organized labor, preventing them from engaging in any form of strike in the state until further notice.

The court’s ruling serves as a caution against any actions that defy its order, emphasizing the potential consequences of non-compliance.

Court Intervention in Dispute

Justice N C S Ogbuanya issued the order last Friday after considering the arguments presented by the counsels representing both parties, who indicated that they had not reached a resolution in their ongoing dispute.

Defendants and Claimants

The defendants in this case are the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), represented by its Secretary-General, Emmanuel Ugboaja, and the Trade Union Congress, with its Secretary-General, Nuhu Toro.

On the other side, the claimants include the Attorney General of Imo State and the Imo State Government.

Future Ruling on the Matter

In response to the motion for an interlocutory injunction submitted by the claimants, the court has reserved November 30, 2023, as the date for a final ruling on the case.

This decision aligns with the court’s commitment to prevent labor disputes from escalating and negatively impacting the well-being of citizens and unrelated third parties.

Caution Against Disobedience

The court’s ruling emphasizes the importance of parties involved in the dispute adhering to the court’s orders. Disobeying the court’s order in the pending suit carries potential consequences.

Strike Actions and Legal Implications

With the court’s restraining order in place, the ongoing strike action in Imo state, particularly by a section of labor, including the EEDC, is deemed illegal.

Parties involved are required to await the court’s ruling on the interlocutory injunction filed by the claimants, scheduled for November 30, 2023.

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