ASUU sues Obaseki and others for banning trade union activities – The Sun Nigeria

Of Tony Osauzo, Benin

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State took Governor Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Government and State Attorney General to court for the prohibition of trade union activities in all public higher education establishments.

In an introductory summons in case No. NICN/BEN/40/2022 filed with the Benin Division of the National Labor Court of Nigeria, the President and Deputy Secretary of ASUU, Dr. Cyril Onogbosele and Dr. William Odion, who are the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, want the court to determine whether the state government and others who are the defendants have power under Article 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Section 35(3) of the Trade Unions Act, Cap. T14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, to suspend or prohibit trade union activities within the AAU.

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They also argue that in the event that the parties to the constitution do not give such powers to the defendants, the court should declare their order banning ASUU’s activities as “unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and even is ultra vires the powers of the defendants.”

They also sought “an order of perpetual injunction enjoining defendants, their servants, employees and/or agents from interfering with or interfering with plaintiffs’ exercise of their fundamental right to engage in commerce. union activities at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. An order of perpetual injunction prohibiting the defendants, their servants, agents and/or assigns from taking any form of disciplinary action against the plaintiffs because of their union activities at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma. »

The state government had, following a protest by AAU students against the ASUU’s continuing nationwide strike, suspended all union activities in all state-owned higher education institutions.

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