Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

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Gani Fawehinmi (1938 – 2009): A Foremost Working Peoples’ Leader

Socialist Democracy Special Edition September 2009 Gani Fawehinmi (1938 – 2009): A Foremost Working Peoples’ Leader The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) condoles with the family of Chief Gani Fawehinmi on the death of an outstanding working peoples’ leader and joins millions of working class people in Nigeria and internationally to celebrate his life and

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DEREGULATION AND LIBERALIZATION

DEREGULATION AND LIBERALIZATION Yar’Adua deepens Agenda for Economic Stagnation and Mass Misery Labour Should Declare 48 Hour General Strike and Mass Protest By Segun Sango The Yar’Adua government appears to have discovered a magic formula that will end the age-long backwardness and underdevelopment of the country’s economy. This formula is called deregulation and liberalization. According to government’s spokespersons, once the

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BOKO HARAM AND IMPERATIVE OF A WORKING CLASS ALTERNATIVE

BOKO HARAM AND IMPERATIVE OF A WORKING CLASS ALTERNATIVE By Dagga Tolar and Kola Ibrahim What began as an attack on public institutions of the state by an Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in Borno, spread to other northern states of Bauchi, Kano, etc. and left in its wake the killing of about 800 persons. Members of Boko Haram under the

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An Amnesty Doomed To Failure: Working Class Solution Urgently Needed

NIGER DELTA An Amnesty Doomed To Failure: Working Class Solution Urgently Needed Suddenly, peace in the Niger Delta has become the most sought after commodity, almost placed at par with oil. No more war, the hundreds and thousands killed or uprooted from their communities in Gbaramatu area of Delta State through military assaults, never existed! All that matter now is

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NIGERIA BANKING CRISIS: CRISIS OF CAPITALISM

NIGERIA BANKING CRISIS: CRISIS OF CAPITALISM Nationalize Bailed-Out Banks With Democratic Management and Control By Elected Workers And Trade Unions By Peluola Adewale The current crisis in Nigerian banking system, which has witnessed the removal of chief executive officers of 5 banks and their directors, has further underlined the utter failure of profit-first, iniquitous capitalist system and the incapacity of

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YAR’ADUA AND FASHOLA’S FACE-OFF OVER LCDA

YAR’ADUA AND FASHOLA’S FACE-OFF OVER LCDA Needless Distraction In The Face of Crying Needs And Mass Poverty By HT Soweto One controversy that is on now is the legitimacy or otherwise of the 37 Local Council Development Authorities (LCDA) set up by the former Action Congress (AC) governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu during the regime of former president Olusegun

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ERC LEADING NIGERIAN STUDENTS ON PROTEST RALLY IN SOLIDARITY WITH ASUU, SSANU AND NASU

ERC LEADING NIGERIAN STUDENTS ON PROTEST RALLY IN SOLIDARITY WITH ASUU, SSANU AND NASU By Keye Ewebiyi The eight-week old nationwide strike actions of the ASUU as well as the national strike embarked upon by the SSANU and NASU have paralyzed academic activities in the public universities. This has led Nigerian students under the banner of the Education Rights Campaign

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SLAVE CAMPS IN EVERYWHERE

SLAVE CAMPS IN EVERYWHERE Labour Should Defend Workers Rights And Dignity! By Sola Akinbinu Nigeria has become safe heaven for all kinds of anti-workers activities. Most of the companies, particularly those owned by Indians and Chinese, are sweatshops with no safety measures. This does not suggest that it is only Asian owned companies that operate ruthless exploitation of workers. Many

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FREE THE BRT LAGBUS 5 CAMPAIGN (Updated)

FREE THE BRT LAGBUS 5 CAMPAIGN (Updated) Chinedu Bosah, Lagos UPDATE: DETAINED LAGBUS WORKERS RELEASED Update August 25, 2009 The five Lagbus workers detained have been released on Police bail and will now have to report to the police next Friday, August 28. The workers have sent greetings to all DSM comrades and the CWI internationally for their campaign to

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Working class masses give president Zuma baptism of fire

South Africa Working class masses give president Zuma baptism of fire No honeymoon for Zuma government New government comes up against militant action Weizmann Hamilton, Democratic Socialist Movement (CWI in South Africa) Barely 100 days into Jacob Zuma’s presidency, the class contradictions that have produced political polarisation and then a split in the ANC, have sharpened with a vengeance. The

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EDO: Oshiomhole Policies and the Challenge for the Working Masses

EDO: Oshiomhole Policies and the Challenge for the Working Masses By Chinedu Bosah Edo State had for a long time been ruled by ruthless corrupt politicians and this is a big factor in its underdevelopment vis-Å•-vis the decay in the level of infrastructure. This explains why the people of Edo State overwhelmingly rejected Osariemeh Osunbor and his godfathers both in

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Textile Workers and Others Protest Near Collapse of the Industrial Sector

Textile Workers and Others Protest Near Collapse of the Industrial Sector By Bosah Chinedu About 3,000 industrial workers from the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers (NUTGTWN) and National Union of Chemical, Foot, Rubber, Leather and Non-Metallic Product Employee (NUCFRLANMPE) on April 23 embarked on a mass and long protest procession in Lagos as part of a nationwide

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DSM JOINS LABOUR PARTY IN OSUN STATE

DSM JOINS LABOUR PARTY IN OSUN STATE By Kola Ibrahim Members of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) in Osun State were officially welcomed to the Labour Party in Osun State by the state leadership of the party at a meeting on Sunday, April 19, 2009 at the Labour Party secretariat in Osogbo. The DSM in the state had earlier informed

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FEDERAL TEACHERS SCHEME: STRUGGLE RECORDS PARTIAL VICTORY IN LAGOS

FEDERAL TEACHERS SCHEME: STRUGGLE RECORDS PARTIAL VICTORY IN LAGOS Others Appeal to Government for Employment The struggle embarked upon by teachers that participated in the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) initiated scheme in Lagos between October 2006 and October 2008 yielded partial victory as the Lagos State government employed 510 (46%) of the total 1,100 teachers on March 18, 2009. Before

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GLOBAL CAPITALIST CRISIS SPARKS PROTESTS AROUND THE WORLD

GLOBAL CAPITALIST CRISIS SPARKS PROTESTS AROUND THE WORLD Labour Flags Off Mass Protests in Nigeria By Peluola Adewale The rampaging global economic crisis has continued to hit hundreds of millions around the world as a wave of retrenchment, wage cuts and short-time working hits workers. In many countries workers are shocked and fearful of the future. Many have the hope

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YAR’ADUA’S ELECTORAL REFORMS AND 2011 GENERAL ELECTIONS

YAR’ADUA’S ELECTORAL REFORMS AND 2011 GENERAL ELECTIONS Segun Sango, DSM General Secretary The 2007 general elections were adjudged nationally and internationally, as the most farcical exercise ever conducted in the name of elections anywhere in the world. Thus faced with the crisis of legitimacy arising from what practically was no more than stolen mandate and, especially, the possibility of mass

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FIGHT FOR A LIVING WAGE

FIGHT FOR A LIVING WAGE DSM statement The demand of Labour for a minimum wage of N52,200 is more than just. In fact, when a real survey of the basic needs of an average working class/family, (with respect to feeding, housing, healthcare, transportation, children education, telecommunications, electricity, etc), are taken into consideration, this is nothing but a very modest demand.

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NO TO A CAPITALIST MEGA PARTY: FOR A TRULY WORKING CLASS LABOUR PARTY

NO TO A CAPITALIST MEGA PARTY: FOR A TRULY WORKING CLASS LABOUR PARTY According to a publication in the ThisDay of March 26, 2009, plans have now reached an advanced stage to form a mega political party by about 19 opposition political parties. In fact the paper reported that a formal launch of the newly mega party has been slated

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UNCONDITIONAL NO TO DEREGULATION AND PRIVATISATION OF THE OIL SECTOR

LABOUR MUST SAY: UNCONDITIONAL NO TO DEREGULATION AND PRIVATISATION OF THE OIL SECTOR For clearly over two decades now a combination of international capitalist forces (particularly oil corporations and cartels) and their Nigerian pro-imperialist, capitalist backers have been waging a protracted, and sometimes ferocious war, with the labour movement in order to put oil, the mainstay of the Nigeria’s economy,

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CDWR Calls for Significant Reduction in Prices of Petroleum Products

CDWR Calls for Significant Reduction in Prices of Petroleum Products By Rufus Olusesan, Chairman CDWR The Campaign for Democratic and Workers Rights (CDWR) considers the removal of N5 from the pump price of petrol, which hitherto was N70, as insulting tokenism. The poor working masses of Nigeria, whose appalling living conditions caused by the anti-poor, neo-liberal programme have been worsened