The planned picketing of Federal Inland Revenue Services nationwide by the Nigeria Civil Service Union has been suspended.
The suspension is sequel to a matter instituted by the Union at the National industrial Court sitting in Abuja.The Court restrained the management of FIRS from sealing the Union Unit Secretariat and stopping the payment of check-off dues accruable to the Union
The FIRS also approached the same Court, praying it to restrain the Union from carrying out its threat of picketing its offices nationwide.
The Court ruled that the respondents (the Union) are restrained from picketing the offices of the applicants on 26th July, 2021 or any other day pending the determination of the motion on notice”
On the other hand, the National industrial Court also granted requests from the Union that ” the defendants/Respondents (FIRS) herein either by themselves, agents assigns, privies or whomsoever that acts through them and for them from further threatening, sealing-off the plaintiff (NCSU) Union Offices at the Federal inland revenue services office premises, transferring the members of the plaintiff/ applicant out of Abuja, and arresting or detaining the members of the Plaintiff/ Applicant in the circumstances of this case pending the determination of the interlocutory matter before this Honourable Court”
The Court however granted the prayer above after considering all documentary evidence before it and in the interest of
interest of justice and public interest,the prayer to unseal the Union unit Secretariat was granted amongst other prayers.
In addition, both parties were directed to maintain status quo ante including to release check off dues accruable to the Union and maintain peace pending the determination of the Motion on notice.
“Consequent upon the above rulings , a letter signed by the Deputy General Secretary in charge of organizing and State/ Federal Council Affairs Comrade lbezimakor Nnubia and circulated to all State and Federal Councils, hereby announced the suspension of the picketing in the offices of FIRS Nationwide”.
Speaking with Journalists, the National President of the Nigeria Civil Service Union Comrade Lawrence Ameachi, appreciated efforts of all members across the country. He reassured them that the Union will continue to protect their rights.
Comrade Ameachi and the Chairman, Federal Council, Comrade Timothy Odebunmi promised to address members of the Union at the Unit Secretariat located at the FIRS office on Monday July 26, 2021 on the need for them to keep the peace and go about their normal duties without any obstruction from any quarters as directed by the National industrial Court on Friday July 23,2021.