The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has stopped the National Assembly workers from embarking on strike or involve in any act that could lead to the closure of the Assembly.
Justice Sanusi Kado gave the order to the Parliamentary Staff Association following the prayers and request of the Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, that the PASAN members be restrained from closing down the federal parliament.
Saraki and Dogara in their motion ex parte filed on December 18, 2018, are seeking order of the court, to restrain PASAN members from proceeding on a strike, pending the determination of the motion on notice before it.
The parliamentary workers concluded their four-day warning strike over unpaid allowances on today (Thursday). The workers are likely to embark on a major industrial action which would lead to the closure of the National Assembly.
The affidavit in support of the motion on notice was deposed to by a legal practitioner in the office of the Senate President, Mr. Sambo Ndahi.
The motion on notice sought “An order of interim injunction restraining all the defendants /respondents, particularly their agents, provides, servants, however, called from taking steps to proceed or proceeding on strike, pending the determination of the motion.”
“An interim injunction restraining PASAN, their agents, privies, servants from giving directives to their members to proceed or proceeding on strike.”
Upon reading the affidavit and the submission of the counsel to the defendants, A.P Ameh, Justice Kado, in his “order of interim injunction”, on suit: NICN/ABJ/360/2018, directed the leadership of PASAN and their agents to refrain from proceeding on strike.
He also warned the workers against embarking on any action that could lead to the closure of the National Assembly complex.
The judge also cautioned the management of the National Assembly against embarking on any action that could disrupt the ongoing negotiations aimed at resolving the dispute.
The Plaintiffs are of the view that most of the issues raised by the workers are already being addressed.