In this publication, TEMPLARS Partner Inam Wilson, S.A.N., and Senior Associate Evans Ogbeide analyse the legal restrictions on workers’ unions during Nigerian industrial actions. Focused on the current nationwide strike over minimum wage and electricity tariffs, the publication highlights the constitutional protection of strikes, tempered by statutory and judicial limitations.

The piece aims to clarify strike legality in Nigeria, emphasising requirements from collective bargaining agreements and the Trade Disputes Act. It also notes the stringent standards for essential service workers under the Trade Disputes (Essential Services) Act, diverging from international norms.

In summary, the authors highlight the need for strikes to adhere to existing laws. They advocate for a balanced approach, as upheld by the Supreme Court, to ensure strikes don’t disrupt essential services or public order.