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Socialist Democracy May 2006


Socialist Democracy

May 2006


Despite the relatively low attendance February 21, 2006 official launch of the CDWR's pamphlet- Casualisation: Modern Day Slavery in Disguise was largely a huge success. Remarkably, the event, which was covered by 10 media organizations, had in attendance labour leaders from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Congress of Free Trade Unions (CFTU), the two of the three labour centres in Nigeria, and also from two of the trade unions where casualisation is rampant: the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institution Employees (NUBIFIE) and the National Union of Shop and Distributive Employees (NUSDE). The labour leaders present included Bright Anokwuru, the Chairman of NLC Anti-Casualisation Committee who chaired the occasion and also represented Adams Oshiomhole, the NLC President; Ayo Ogundele, Assistant General Secretary, CFTU; S.A.S Babatunde, the General Secretary, NUSDE and A.C. Anyawu, the General Secretary, NUBIFIE.

Also present at the occasion were Segun Sango, the General Secretary of Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) and Dele Fanimo of Guardian Newspapers who was the book reviewer.

All the speakers, while painting the gloomy picture of the scourge of casualisation in Nigeria as a major attack most employers of labour inflict on workers almost with impunity, commended the bold step taken by the CDWR. It was held that the publication will contribute immensely to the campaigns against this menace in workplaces. Generally, a good assessment and critique of the book was made by contributors and above all, this was linked to a working class political alternative that was boldly put forward as a fundamental way of eradicating the menace of casualisation and other anti-labour activities. Six national newspapers had already reported the book launch.



Socialist Democracy May 2006