Strike action has grounded Niger State following the expiration of a two week ultimatum given to the state government to pay full salary to workers in the state.
The state workers received half salary last month as a result of what the government described as revenue short fall from the federation accounts.
Government then rushed to the industrial court to prevent the strike action by the labour and the court granted injunction against workers strike.
The court injunction as presented, rules that the strike action planned by civil and public servants in the State has become null and void and indeed of no effects
However, as part of efforts to prove that their action is inevitable, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, have directed all state civil servants to proceed on an indefinite strike action from Monday (yesterday) 11 July 2016, (Midnight).
This is following a failure to reach a consensus between the state government and the organised Labour on the payment of full salaries.
In a statement jointly signed by the Chairman, NLC, Idris Yahaya Ndako and Chairman of TUC Comrade Yunusa Tanimu, the organised labour called on all Civil servants in the state to embark on an indefinite strike until the state government rescinds its decision.
The Niger State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Vatsa said in the statement that, the Expertise Order was granted by Hon. Justice P.O Lifu (JP) of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria Holden in Abuja after considering Suit No: NICN/ABJ/259/2016 also joined in the expert order Incorporated Trustees of both NLC and TUC in Niger State.
According to him “the Judge’s decision was premised on the provision of section, 254, paragraph “k” of the 1999 Constitution as amended, which gives the Court exclusive powers on issues bordering on dispute arising from payment or non-payment of salaries of any employee.
“By this order granted Niger State Government, the strike action planned for civil and public servants in Niger State has become null and void and indeed of no effects.”
They therefore warned that, “all civil and public servants in Niger State are strongly advised to report to work and go about their normal businesses in their respective offices without fear of molestation or intimidation by any individual or group of individuals in whatever cover.
“Any civil and public servants found circumventing this Court Order will have himself or herself to blame.”
But as indicated in a Bulletin titled: “Clarion Call” which was signed by the Organised Labour union in the state and made available to our Correspondent in Minna, workers are directed to sit at home and await further directives, not to engage in any form of protest and not allow anybody to intimidate them.

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