The National Industrial Court, Abuja Division, has restrained the Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) from picketing the offices of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), nationwide.
Justice O. Y. Anuwe gave the order of interim injunction, Friday, in suit number NICN/ ABT/163/2021, instituted by FIRS against the union. NCSU had threatened to picket the nation’s tax agency over alleged anti-union polices, especially for declining to deduct check-off dues for the NCSU. However, the court ordered, “the Respondents are restrained from picketing the offices of the applicant on 26th July 2021 or any other day pending the determination of the Motion on Notice. “They are also restrained from going on strike, as by so doing, the very essence of the substantive suit is defeated. What this translates to in other words is that parties are to maintain the status quo, and are not to do anything that may be detrimental to the interest of the public, pending the determination of the Motion on Notice. The order to maintain status-quo however binds both parties in this suit.”