Court restrains union from picketing Ikeja Electric office

Oladimeji Ramon

The National Industrial Court, Lagos Division, has restrained the National Union of Electricity Employees from further picketing the offices of Ikeja Electric Plc.

The protesting workers had last week Wednesday started picketing and shutting down operations at the headquarters of the Ikeja Electric Plc in Alausa as well as the other offices of the company in different parts of Lagos.

They stopped the company’s officials as well as customers from accessing the offices.

The union members, it was learnt, were protesting against the sacking of about 40 of their colleagues by the Ikeja Electric Plc.

They cited “random dismissal of workers without consultation with the union, poor welfare, uneven salary structure, adoption of anti-labour policies, and non-implementation of service conditions,” as part of the reasons for their industrial action.

However, the National Industrial Court, in a ruling on Thursday, August 9, 2018, restrained the protesting unionists from further picketing the electricity company’s offices.

Justice E.A. Oji made the order following an ex parte application taken before him by the Ikeja Electric Plc.

The judge, after listening to the argument by IE’s lawyer, Mr Bimbo Atilola, ordered that “the defendant, either itself, or through its agents, servants or privies or its associates or affiliates, is restrained from further embarking on strikes, picketing or any form of industrial action or otherwise disrupt the operation of the claimant without exploring and exhausting the mandatory Industrial Conflict Resolution mechanism provided for in sections 4,6,7,8 and 9 of the Trade Disputes Act, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated the 27th day of July, 2018.”

After making the order, the judge adjourned till August 16, 2018, for further proceedings in the case.

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