Industrial Court halts Maritime Workers Unions’ strike at INTELS
The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, has granted an Order of Interim Injunction restraining the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria MWUN and the Senior Staff Association of Statutory Corporations and Government Owned Companies SSASCGOC from embarking on or continuing any industrial action against INTELS Nigeria Limited.
Recall that both unions had Monday, December 14, 2020, began an indefinite strike at INTELS over the redundancy of some workers at the Onne Port, Rivers State.
The Presiding Judge of the Court, Hon. Justice F.I. Kola-Olalere made the order on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 while ruling on an ex-parte motion in a suit number: NICN/PHC/155/2020 brought before it by INTELS.
Joined in the suit as first defendants are Comrade Mohammed Yinusa, Comrade Comrade Olorunfemi Ayodele Festus, Comrade Victor Atakpo, Comrade Benjamin Oloaka, Comrade Ezekiel Umoh and Comrade George Dikko representing SSASCGOC while the second set of defendants include Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, Comrade Anthony NTED, Comrade Felix S. Akingboye, Comrade Tajudeen Ohize, Comrade A.O. Omar, Comrade Tunde Bolaji, Comrade Daniel Apiri and Comrade Friday Paul, representing MWUN.
The court in its ruling also restrained the two unions and their members from preventing the staffers of INTELS from entering the company’s operational areas and facilities to perform their duties.
Meanwhile, the management of INTELS expressed concerns over the industrial action, which it said had negatively impacted its services at the port.
INTELS said the affected workers were not its employees, but members of staff of one of its labour contractors named Associated Maritime Services Limited AMS.
Ruling on the ex-parte application, Justice Kola-Olalere ordered as follows:
“I hereby grant an Order of Interim Injunction pending the determination of the Motion on Notice restraining all the Defendants, their Agents as contained in prayer one of the this application at page I36 and page 137 of the record from continuing their industrial action, work to rule, strike and/or work stoppage which will howsoever affect the business activities of the Claimant/Applicant or any of its clients in any of the Claimant/Applicant’s 4 (four) operational areas located at Onne and Port Harcourt Ports in Rivers State, Warri in Delta State, and Calabar Port in Cross River State.
“I hereby grant an Order of Interim Injunction pending the determination of the Motion on Notice in prayer 2 restraining the Defendants, their Agents, Assigns, Executors, Representatives and Persons Corporate and Non-Corporate claiming through them from preventing the staff of the Claimant or those seconded to it by other companies and who are not affected by the declaration of redundancy from entering the operational areas and facilities of the Claimant/Applicant and performing their duties and/or rendering services for which they were employed by Claimant/Applicant in any of the 4 (four) operational areas of the Claimant/Applicant located at Onne and Port Harcourt Ports in Rivers State, Warri in Delta State and Calabar Port in Cross River State.
“I hereby grant an Order of Interim Injunction pending the determination of the Motion on Notice in prayer 3 restraining the Defendants, their Agents, Assigns, Executors, Representatives and Persons Corporate and Non-Corporate claiming through them from preventing the Claimant/Applicant’s staff and those seconded to it from exercising their freedom of movement including entering into and exiting from the Claimant/Applicant, it associated companies and clients’ premises, facilities and areas of the operation located at Onne and Port Harcourt Ports in Rivers State, Warri in Delta State and Calabar Port in Cross River State.
“In addition, I order that all the processes on this Motion Ex-parte together with the Ruling of the Court thereon shall be served on the Defendants plus the Motion on Notice promptly.”
The matter has been adjourned to February 15, 2021 for mention.