A Review of the Nigerian Energy Industry

Court orders halt to Nigerian workers’ planned strike

*But Labour says ‘no going back’

06 January 2012, Sweetcrude, ABUJA – An industrial court in Nigeria ordered unions Friday to stop a planned nationwide strike over hike in petrol price, giving authorities legal power to break up any work stoppages by labour groups.

The Associated Press (AP) reports that the order was issued by the National Industrial Court. It came as protests continued across Nigeria over government’s removal of fuel subsidies.

The Nigerian House of Representatives said it would meet Sunday to address the concerns of the people, but President Goodluck Jonathan appears unwilling to pull back from eliminating the subsidy.

Petrol price has risen from N65 per litre ($1.70 per gallon) to N141 per litre ($3.50 per gallon) since the subsidy ended Sunday. That caused prices to inflate for food and transportation across Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people where most live on less than $2 a day.

The court order by Justice Babatunde Adejuwon came after a filing by the federal government to stop the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria

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  • No time. 4 strike lets d lazy protesters look 4 reasonable option . Nigeria must move forward lets prepare toward wat d govt believe it can work 4 us.we cant know more than them they are our head we are their folower. If we ve past deceit leader jonatan s not one of them let ve trust in him. Deregulation had suceded in sectors like telecomunication, aviation,manufacturing etc . If it can work in d listed sector we shall surely witness such sucess in downstream sector. NLC dont waist our precious time on fruitles strike

  • Emeka Anetoh

    I believe dat this adminstration is taking this decision to secure a better future for the Nigerian populace. NLC and TUC leaders lack direction in the cause they fight for. they misguide the people making them think they are fighting their their cause. Jonathan should carry out more enlightment programmes i believe Nigerians are the understanding typed if the reason is well articulated.

  • Emeka Anetoh

    I believe dat this adminstration is taking this decision to secure a better future for the Nigerian populace. NLC and TUC leaders lack direction in the cause they fight for. they misguide the people making them think they are fighting their cause. Jonathan should carry out more enlightment programmes i believe Nigerians are the understanding type if the reason is well articulated.

  • Deregulation of fuel price is bold step towards securing a better tomorrow for all Nigerians. Lets all see it the other way round, if NLC fails to understand an decides to mislead the people in a fruitless exercise. This time i give jonathan the credit.

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