NLC strike records partial compliance in Delta

Workers reported to their duty posts in Warri, Delta State on Wednesday, but many declined to engage in any official duties as a result of the strike action called by the Nigeria Labour Congress.

However, in Asaba, the Delta State Capital, workers turned out in their thousands to protest the fuel price hike, shutting down all government agencies and crippling economic activities in the capital.

Several government institutions in Warri and Effurun including Courts, Schools, and the Delta State Broadcasting Service Warri observed total compliance, but banks and hospitals were seen offering services to customers and patients.

The entrance of the Warri South Secretariat, State High and Magistrate Courts were under lock, while the situation was the same at the Effurun High Court.

Lawyers and litigants who came to court were stunned to know that the court would not sit in solidarity with organized Labour.

A senior lawyer, Mr Stephen Ejiyere told newsmen who were in the court premises that the strike was legal despite the court injunction issued against the labour unions not to embark on the strike.

“Of course there is a court injunction restraining the labour union from embarking on strike but the question is, have they been served with the order. If the order is not served on them, they can still go on with their action; it is when an order is served that it becomes effective.

“The order made by the court will be drawn up and signed by the Judge before it is served on the union”, he said.

At the Nigeria Gas Company ( NGC) and the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), workers were seen carrying out their official duties, indicating that they did not join the industrial action.