Kwara: Labour snubs court injunction, proceeds with strike

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Organised Labour in Kwara State has snubbed the recent court injunction secured by the Kwara State government restraining it from proceeding with its planned strike.

The Ravens earlier reported that the government got an ex parte order from the National Industrial Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital suspending the Union from embarking on its proposed strike.

The strike is hinged on the disagreements the Union has with the government over the implementation of the new minimum wage.

In a statement released late yesterday however, the Organised Labour, comprising NLC, TUC and JNC said there was no going back on the planned strike action despite the court order.

“Our attention has been drawn to one ex parte order said to have been obtained from National Industrial Court by Kwara state government to stop the proposed statewide strike actions by organised labour tomorrow following government refusal to implement the N30, 000 minimum wage,” the statement read.

It continues: “While we remain law abiding entity which holds the judiciary in high esteem, we wish to reiterate that the proposed strike action will proceed tomorrow, Tuesday, 13th October, 2020 as agreed during our joint meetings which was held today where all industrial unions including NLC, TUC and NJC were signatories.”

The Union said the implementation of the minimum wage was a constitutional matter and the ex parte order won’t stand.

“For the sake of emphasis, we want to state categorically that N30,000 minimum wage agitation is a Constitutional matter which had lasses (sic) through all legislative processes and assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.

“To this end, the exparte order obtained from NLC is an infringement on Labour rights to peaceful agitation and such cannot stand.”

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