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Court Orders Labour, FG to Submit Negotiation Reports by January 2019
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has on Thursday ordered organised labour and the federal government to submit their report on new minimum wage negotiations by January 30, 2019.
This was prior to a hearing where the defendants, Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the Nigeria Governors’ Forum were absent, and a plea by the to allow for settlement of the matter outside court.
Justice Sanusi Kado had on November 2, 2018 adjourned the case till Thursday after issuing an order that stopped the strike which the labour had planned to commence on November 6.
The plaintiffs: the federal government and the attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami were represented by their legal team led by Emmanuel Omonowa.
Omonowa had told the court that based on the order made by the court on November 2, negotiations on the new minimum were ongoing.
He further asked the court to allow for negotiations and for a later submission of a report on the negotiated agreements, which the court granted.
“Pursuant to Order 42(1) of the National Industrial Court Rules, the court should allow parties to see the possibility of amicable settlement of the matter,” he read.
The Justice granted the request adding that all parties report to the court in January whether or not they had settled amicably or would be interested in going further with the case.
Justice Kado reaffirmed that the November 2 order, which restrained the labour from embarking on the planned strike was still an order, warning all parties in the suit against taking steps that could cause disruptions in the case.