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Court Stops Union From Embarking On Industrial Action, Picketing FIRS Offices

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The National Industrial Court, Abuja Judicial Division has stopped the National Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) from either picketing the offices of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) nationwide or calling for a strike at any of the Service’s offices across Nigeria.

Justice Olufunke Yemi Anuwe issued the order of interim injunction on Friday in a suit which the FIRS as Claimant/Applicant instituted against NCSU, the Defendant/Respondent.

This was confirmed in a statement signed by FIRS Director, Communications and Liaison Department, Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad and made available to Channel Network Afrique (CNA).

The court ordered that the Respondents are restrained from picketing the offices of the applicant on 26th July 2021 or any other day pending the determination of the Motion on Notice.

They are also restrained from going on strike, as by so doing, the very essence of the substantive suit is defeated.

What this translates to is that parties are to maintain the status quo, and are not to do anything that may be detrimental to the interest of the public, pending the determination of the Motion on Notice.

The order to maintain status-quo however binds both parties in the suit.

In another suit, NINC/ABJ/157/2021, the court refused the prayer of the NCSU seeking an order compelling the FIRS to continue the automatic deduction of check-off dues for the NCSU, which is a defunct union at the FIRS, from the salaries of the Service’s workers.

The cases were adjourned to 15 October 2021 for a hearing of the motion on notice and originating summons. ReplyForward
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