The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have been charged with contempt by the federal government for allegedly defying a directive that prohibited the unions from taking industrial action.
The “notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court” also titled “Form 48,” was filed before the National Industrial Court in Abuja on Wednesday.
“TAKE NOTICE that unless you obey the Directions contained in the Order of the National Industrial Court, Abuja, delivered Honourable Justice Y. Anuwe on the 5th day of June, 2023, as per the attached Enrolled Order, you will be guilty of Contempt of Court and will be liable to be committed to prison,” the notice read.
In the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, as well as other states of the Federation, including Lagos, Benue, Abia, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Rivers, Zamfara, Katsina, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kwara, Ogun, Imo, Ondo, and Edo, the Organized Labour began its protest against the “anti-people” policies of the President Bola Tinubu administration on Wednesday.
Leading members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), each of which has hundreds of members, joined the demonstration in the Federal Capital Territory, which began at the Unity Fountain.
Affiliated unions of the NLC and the TUC including the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), the National Union of Electricity Employees of Nigeria (NUEE), National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) also joined the nationwide protest.