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Nigerian high court blocks upcoming general strike

[JURIST] A Nigerian federal appeals court today blocked an upcoming general strike which would effectively shut down oil exports in the world's seventh largest exporter. Justice Tanko Mohammed Yusuf ruled that the main Nigeria Labor Congress "shall not embark on any strike from 16th of November 2004 or any day thereafter." Earlier this year, the government had stopped the Nigeria Labor Congress from striking over the imposition of a new fuel tax. Today's ruling was an appeal from that decision. The Nigeria Labor Congress is prepared to call off the strike only if Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo agrees to reduce fuel prices, arguing the court ruling will not stop it. The issue will likely head to the Nigerian Supreme Court. AP has more.

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