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7 November 2018

Nigeria: General Strike Averted but Anger Persists

Struggle needed to secure implementation of any deal

But for last minute suspension, a big general strike (certainly bigger than any other in the last three and a half years) could have rocked Nigeria starting in the early hours of Tuesday November 6, 2018. The strike was called off just before midnight on Monday 5 November 2018 after an 11-hour marathon meeting of the minimum wage tripartite committee. The key issue had become labour's demand for an increase of the current N18, 000 minimum wage to a higher wage figure of N30, 000. Labour had initially demanded about N65, 000 from which it climbed down during negotiations.

If the strike had gone ahead it could have become the starting point of a mass movement led by the working class and organized labour and giving a bold example to the pauperized people whose frenzied hope for change three and a half years ago has been replaced by anger, disappointment and complacency.

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4 November 2018

New Minimum Wage: Labour Must Sustain Mass Actions to Win the Demand

 Workers on the march for a new Minimum Wage - photo DSM

Workers on the march for a new Minimum Wage - photo DSM

For a Mass Working People Political Alternative Now!

On Tuesday October 30, organized Labour held a nationwide protest to mobilise public support for its demand on a new minimum wage and the resumption on November 6 of the general strike. While the Labour leaders could have done better in term of the turnout of workers, this protest largely achieved its objective. From the reports, members of the public expressed support for the struggle.

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31 October 2018

SUMMAL FOOD COMPANY IBADAN: Higher pay, shorter hours won after casual workers’ protest and strike cripples production

Summal workers on strike - photo DSM

Summal workers on strike - photo DSM

Concessions won inspired staff in the company and casual workers in other Ibadan factories to struggle for better working conditions

The entire administrative and production activities in the Summal Food Company, Ibadan, was completely paralysed and grounded between Tuesday, 2nd and Thursday 4th, October 2018. This was the result of a mass protest embarked upon by thousands of casual workers in the company to demand an improvement in their slavery working conditions.

The strength and determination of this protest resulted in these workers winning a 30% increase in salary, shorter working hours and a six-day week with Sunday and public holiday working counted as overtime. These gains have encouraged workers at other Ibadan factors to take to the road of struggles.

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25 October 2018

Nigerian Union of Mine Workers (NUMW) picket Quarries in Abeokuta

Ogun State mine workers on the picket line - photo DSM

Ogun State mine workers on the picket line - photo DSM

Members of the newly formed Nigerian Union of Mine Workers (NUMW) held, on October 8, a mass picket of three Ogun State quarries in order to protest at casualization of quarry workers, build support for the unionization of quarry workers and to demand better pay and conductive working environment for quarry workers.

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25 October 2018

ERC CONDEMNS LAUTECH INCREMENT AS CONTEMPT FOR STUDENTS AND WORKING CLASS FAMILIES

NATIONWIDE SOLIDARITY AND ORGANISED ACTION NEEDED!

The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) condemns in strong terms the decision by the authorities of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, to jack up the tuition fees of the institution. Under the new fee regime imposed on working class parents and students, students of LAUTECH who are indigenes of either Osun or Oyo are to pay N200, 000; while non-indigenes are to cough up a whopping N250, 000. This is an outrageous increase from the old fee regime, which required that indigenes and non-indigenes pay the sums of N63, 000 and N72, 500 respectively.

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24 October 2018

SPN Supports Planned Nationwide Protest and Strike of NLC, TUC and ULC over Recalcitrance of Government and Employers to Pay Adequate Minimum Wage

• For mass mobilization of workers and oppressed for both October 30 National Protest and Strike starting on November 6

• Reject Anti Worker “No Work No Pay” Policy

• SPN pledges to pay living wage and place Political Office Holders on workers’ salaries if elected into government

The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) welcomes the decision of the leadership of the labour movement under the three labour centres (NLC, TUC and ULC) to declare national strike on November 6, 2018, over the failure of the government and the employers to accede to a modest N30,000 (thirty thousand naira) as the new national minimum wage.

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18 October 2018

MINIMUM WAGE: Continuous delay in the enactment of a new minimum wage further underscores the anti-people character of Buhari/APC-led government

*NLC, TUC and ULC must be ready for a united and long drawn struggle to win improved minimum wage and its full implementation

The Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN, condemns the continuous delay in arriving at a new minimum wage. We also hold that the refusal of the Buhari/APC-led government to enact a new minimum wage since 2016, when the current N18, 000 minimum wage has been due for an upward review, has further shown that the President Buhari/APC-led government has not fared better in terms of high level of insensitivity and irresponsibility to the plight of workers and poor masses when compared with 16 years of misrule of various PDP regimes.

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12 October 2018

OSUN GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION: RULING PARTY WAS REJECTED OVER ANTI-POOR POLICIES

Alfred Adegoke taking the SPN campaign directly to ordinary people - photo DSM

Alfred Adegoke taking the SPN campaign directly to ordinary people - photo DSM

Pyrrhic Victory without Legitimacy

The circumstances surrounding the Osun 2018 governorship election hold crucial lessons for the building of a political alternative of the common and working people in Nigeria. The results also came across as a rude shock to the political establishment in the country.

Although the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola, was declared as the winner of the race, he and his party lost the legitimacy to govern the affairs of the state. Indeed the election showed that Osun people had rejected the outgoing Aregbesola government, the APC and their policies.

The Socialist Party of Nigeria's (SPN) participation in the election, although underreported in the media, was significant as it provided socialist positions on issues affecting common people; and to that extent, the SPN's intervention singly added quality to the election by compelling attention on issues that daily confront working-people households and families.

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6 October 2018

REPORT OF MINIMUM WAGE STRIKE ACTIVITY IN LAGOS

DSM member H.T. Soweto addressing strikers in Lagos - photo DSM

DSM member H.T. Soweto addressing strikers in Lagos - photo DSM

On Thursday 27th of September, 2018, the nationwide warning strike jointly called by the three Labour centres, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and United Labour Congress (ULC), kicked off across the country with most public institutions complying with the sit-at-home strike.

In Lagos the intervention of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) helped put impetus and redirection to the activities of strike to go beyond the national leaders “stay at home” call and seek mobilise workers and supporters in action. This largely contributed to the success of the Lagos actions which saw to the closure of the State Government Secretariat, picketing of the state television and radio station, closure of banks and picketing of Lagos airport.

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5 October 2018

Labour Holds Joint Strike over Minimum Wage

Better Preparation and Mass Activities Now Needed to win Demand

On Sunday September 30, 2018, the three labour centres in Nigeria: NLC, TUC and ULC ended the indefinite warning strike that they had jointly called after two days of action. The strike, which was over a new national minimum wage, was not adequately mobilized for but was largely successful, especially with public sector workers.

Compared to a largely failed May 2016 general strike over fuel price hike, this strike recorded a greater compliance from formal sectors or lesser resistance when strike committee visited to enforce the strike at workplaces. This is because despite the poor mobilization the strike met up with the current mood, unlike in 2016, which is growing rapidly and much deeply against Buhari government over its monumental failure to make real the huge illusion reposed in it.

Indeed the labour leaders are sheepishly trailing the mood. With a fighting leadership, a call for a mass protest over poor living conditions could likely have attracted a massive response like that of the January 2012.

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