Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

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Labour Must Resist Fuel Price Hike and All Anti-Poor Policies

DSM WELCOMES LABOUR MARCH 10 NATIONAL PROTEST TO DEFEND THE MINIMUM WAGE AGAINST ATTACKS The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) welcomes the March 2nd decision of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to mobilize for a “national protest action” starting from March 10, 2021 against (1) the ploy by the capitalist elite to undermine the national

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Buhari, APC & PDP Have Failed

TIME FOR A MASS WORKING PEOPLE’S ALTERNATIVE POLITICAL PARTY NOW The past six years under rule of the All Progressive Congress (APC), plus that of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and other capitalist parties in the states they control, have brought nothing but a harvest of misery. The hope and expectation hinged on the coming to power of the APC

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REJECT ELECTRICITY TARIFF HIKE AND EXPLOITATIVE BILLING

For Return of Power Sector to Public Ownership but now Under Workers and Consumers Democratic Control The power privatization has deepened the power sector crises, no significant improvement has been recorded as electricity still hovers around 3,500 MW and for a population of 200 million people. There have been four tariff hikes since privatisation while the hike that was done

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RISING INSECURITY – Governments fail, Labour must act

Urgent Need for Non-Sectarian Communal Defence to Halt Killings and a Program of Struggle for Socialist Transformation One of the cardinal campaign promises of the Buhari/APC government is to end insecurity in the country. Not a few Nigerians believed that Buhari’s background as a former Military General would rub off on the country. However, almost six years into the Buhari

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RECESSION OVER BUT ECONOMIC CRISIS AND POVERTY CONTINUE

Working Masses Must Resist Capitalist Attacks and Fight for Socialist Alternative Officially Nigeria has exited recession with an anaemic 0.11 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2020. This was announced by the National Bureau of Statistics in February 2021. The economy had slipped into its second recession in four years in the third quarter of 2020 following the contraction

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Is Youthful Political Leadership a Solution to the Nigerian Crisis?

2020 was a year of the Covid19 pandemic and protests against social injustices across the world. From the farmers’ protests in India with over 250 million Indians participating in a 24-hour general strike in solidarity; to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests against police brutality in the US that garnered support in major cities across the globe. In Nigeria, the

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APPEAL COURT UPHOLDS REGISTRATION OF SPN: NEC Refusal to Obey Judgment is Undemocratic

SPN Calls for National and International Solidarity On the 10th August 2020, the five-member panel of the Court of Appeal led by Monica Dongban-Mensen in a unanimous judgment nullified the deregistration of Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) and 21 other deregistered political parties and ordered Prof. Mahmood Yakubu-led INEC to relist them as recognized political parties. The judgment has rendered

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COVID-19:  Labour Must Lead Workers and the Poor to Resist Attacks on Jobs, Pays and Living Condition

Globally, the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed capitalism for having placed a greater premium on the private accumulation of capital and profit as against adequate investment in social services such as healthcare delivery services, education, food production, potable water, electricity etc. As a consequence of this failure, Nigeria economy, just like the global economy is vulnerable and entered a recession with

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TRADE UNION MOVEMENT WEAKENED BY RIGHTWING LEADERS’ STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH CAPITALIST RULING ELITE

For a Fighting and Democratic Trade Union Movement Workers have come under attacks of monumental proportion across the sectors of the economy. Casualization is being consolidated, unpaid salary regime reigns supreme, many workers have been placed on fractional salary, the right to belong to a union is trampled upon in some companies etc. On top of this the economic crisis

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WORKERS IN A WAVE OF STRIKES IN OYO STATE

NLC and TUC Must Intervene Now for Proper Coordination of the Struggle and with Solidarity Action It is an astounding paradox that workers’ strikes and agitations have begun to rise from one government establishment in Oyo State to another in the recent time, despite the Engr Seyi Makinde-led government’s claim on its priority for workers’ welfare across the state. The

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MINIMUM WAGE AND ARREARS OF SALARIES AND PENSIONS IN OSUN STATE

Oyetola/APC Government must stop the Ruse and Pay Workers and Retirees After several demands and agitations for a new minimum wage, Osun State, among some other states, reluctantly agreed to pay the minimum wage of N30, 000 without any concrete plans for the commencement of its implementation. By Abbey Falodun Using a similar style of his predecessor, Oyetola/APC Government presented

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Fighting Back – Workplace Notes

Workers in Nigeria have consistently come under immense attacks from bosses in the bid to maximize profits. Many workers are subjected to slavery conditions with poor pay and no union rights. Unfortunately, the official labour leadership usually abandons these workers.  These attacks have been intensified since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in March 2020. Over a million workers either lost their

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UI: ERC Rejects the Plan to Increase School Fees

Students Union Should Begin to Organise Students to Resist Fee Hike and Demand Reinstatement of Ojo Aderemi and Other Politically Victimised Students By Ben Taaffe, ERC UI The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) University of Ibadan branch, wishes both the new and returning students including Postgraduate students a successful and hitch-free academic session as the academic activities for a new academic session

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REPRESSION OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS ESCALATES

Moshood Oshunfurewa, Arrested DSM Branch Organiser, Narrates Ordeal A peaceful protest called by activists over the weekend, Saturday 13 February 2021 to protest the decision to reopen Lekki tollgate to business was openly and brutally repressed. This new repression following widespread protest against police brutality last year has unmasked the Buhari government as a major enabler of police brutality and

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Uganda’s 2021 election and the rise of Bobi Wine

President Yoweri Museveni returned to power after claiming victory in Uganda’s 14 January presidential elections. The Uganda Electoral Commission awarded Museveni and his ruling-National Resistance Movement (NRM) 58.64% of the vote (5.8 million votes) and laughably rejected accusations of vote-rigging. Museveni retains the odious title of one of Africa’s top-five longest-serving rulers. By Shaun Arendse, Marxist Workers Party (CWI South

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ERC Calls for Reversal of the Hiked Tuition Fee for the Newly Admitted LASUITES

We Demand Immediate Students Union Congress to Make Informed Decision Following the Expiration of the 14days Ultimatum Earlier Issued by the Students Union on the 8th of January, 2021 at the Union Press briefing. And to Clear Doubt about the integrity of the Students Union President and Speaker as to Whether or Not They Both Have Been Paid to Compromise

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US in crisis – need for a mass workers’ party and socialist programme

In unprecedented scenes, reminiscent of events in Latin America, Asia or Africa, US capitalism plunged into a deeper crisis yesterday as thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Congress on Capitol Hill urged on by their leader Trump. By Tony Saunois, Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) Secretary The incredible images of hundreds, some armed, entering the Congress building and debating

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#END SARS IS NOT ENOUGH. BUHARI MUST GO!

NO TO PDP, APC OR ANY OTHER GOVERNMENT OF LOOTERS FOR A NEW GOVERNMENT COMPOSED BY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES OF WORKERS, YOUTH AND THE OPPRESSED MASSES TO FIX NIGERIA We Call On Rank and File Members of the Army, Police and Other Security Forces not to Fire on Peaceful Protesters. Join the Movement against the Murderous Anti-poor Regime which also Oppresses,

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COVID-19 WORKERS’ CHARTER

Cardinal Demands Trade Unions, Working People and Youth Should Fight for Working people, the poor and most other Nigerians face a new threat. The COVID-19 pandemic, by accelerating the underlying contradiction of the capitalist system, has indeed triggered a new recession thereby forcing the global economy into crises of immense magnitude. Due to inherent capitalist contradictions, the pandemic is not

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COMMUNITY POLICING ADVISORY COMMITTEE CANNOT EFFECTIVELY FIGHT CRIME IN THE ABSENCE OF MASS PARTICIPATION OF THE COMMUNITY PEOPLE AND MASSIVE JOBS CREATION

Only a Socialist Society Can Eradicate Poverty, Crime and Police Brutality On Thursday, June 25, 2020 the Community Policing Advisory Committee of the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area was inaugurated .The mandate of the inaugurated committee is to assist the police and the local government authorities in fighting crime by identifying security threats in the community amongst others. While we welcome