Democratic Socialist Movement

For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria

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Comrade Rotimi Sankore (June 5, 1968 – April 12, 2024): A Conscientious Defender of the Oppressed

The name of Rotimi Sankore is engrained on the marble of history of struggle against military dictatorship in Nigeria. The historic July 5-7, 1993 mass protests, following the annulment of June 12 election by Ibrahim Babangida junta, was a catalyst in the struggle. Millions were on the streets calling for an end to the military rule. Sankore contributed to making

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May Day 2024: Fighting Mood Suppressed by Expectation of a New Minimum Wage

Kola Ibrahim, the organiser of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) in Osun State, aptly captures the current situation of the workers’ movement in Nigeria in his account of May Day rally in Osogbo Osun state. He wrote, “In the absence of a fighting labour leadership, many seemed to have resorted to fate or faith. This is clearly reflected in the

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WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE TINUBU REGIME AND HOW TO FIGHT IT?

For building of a mass movement against hunger and hardship For a 48 hours general strike and mass protest Now! Reacting to the mood of the nation, especially the outbreak of spontaneous protests in different parts of the country, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) started a 2-day nationwide mass action on February 27 to protest the hardship many Nigerians face

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Fight For Trade Unions that Are Democratically Run and Consistently Resist Anti-poor and Anti-labour Capitalist Policies

Every worker and trade union activist should find it disturbing that well over six weeks after the expiration of a two-week ultimatum issued on February 27 to the Bola Tinubu government over the cost-of-living crisis, not a single word had been uttered by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on their next course of action. The ultimatum, which

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RISING INSECURITY IN NIGERIA AND THE IMPLICATION FOR THE WORKING MASSES

Democratically Organised Community Policing and Mass Gainful Employment Can Reduce Violent Crimes Drastically By Chinedu Bosah The working masses are facing different attacks on all fronts. On one hand, they are grappling with the heavy weight of exploitation and mass looting of public resources and funds, on the other hand, they are paying the heavy price of kidnapping and other

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MAY DAY 2024 | For worldwide working class solidarity against capitalist war!

The Committee for a Workers International offers revolutionary greetings and extends the hand of solidarity to the millions and billions of workers and young people worldwide this May Day. The Democratic Socialist Movement is the Nigerian affiliate of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Over the past year the best traditions of workers’ struggle have continued to find new expressions.

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AS HARDSHIP AND ANTI-WORKER POLICIES INCREASE, WORKERS NEED FIGHTING TRADE UNIONS NOW MORE THAN EVER

Without trade unions, workers may not be so different from slaves. Trade unions are the reasons there exist the limited rights enjoyed by workers in the workplace and the many victories won through collective bargaining and strikes. But since the past few years, the potency of the trade union movement in Nigeria has reduced. Now when workers sneeze, oppressors no

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Salary Increment Should Not Be the Only Benchmark of Labour’s Struggle

Labour Must Fight all Anti-Poor Policies and For a Socialist Nigeria Two years ago, precisely May 30, 2022, Comrade Rufus Olusesan, popularly known as Ero, was unanimously elected as the President of Precision, Electrical and Related Equipment Senior Staff Association, (PERESSA). The union had been badly managed for years and was in a state of near collapse. Comrade Gideon Adeyeni

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Socialist Transformation is the Pathway Out

Our world today is in a climate emergency – “a code red for humanity” according to the UN Secretary-General. The UN Environment Programme has declared a climate emergency for the entire world. Average global temperature keeps rising alarmingly, while the endless release of greenhouse gases continues to change the composition of the atmosphere. The global average temperature in 2019 was

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NIGERIAN STUDENTS IN BRITAIN: Steep Currency Devaluation Hampers Fees Payment

Students’ Fees Should be Recalculated at the Old Rate of N584.2, While the Universities Cover for the Difference Students’ Unions Must Take Up this Campaign in all Campuses Where Nigerian Students are Affected For a United Struggle of Students and Staff to Force University Managements to Accede to this Demand By Odun Eniayekan Leicester Branch, Socialist Party (CWI England &

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SENEGAL’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION REFLECTS A QUEST FOR A RADICAL POLITICAL ALTERNATIVE

Working People and Youth Must Remain Steadfast, Organise and Ready for More Concerted Struggle! On April 2, 2024, Bassirou Diomaye Faye, was inaugurated as the 5th Senegal’s elected President following his victory in the March 24th election. Faye won with over 54% of the total votes cast in the first round of voting. This makes the election historical given the

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CDWR CONDEMNS MASS SACK OF STAFF IN OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL, OSUN

We Call for Immediate Reversal of the Sack and Payment of all Salary Arrears for the Affected Staff We Call on Trade Unions, Pro-democracy Groups, the Media and the Public to Support the Workers By Kola Ibrahim State Secretary, CDWR Osun The Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR), Osun State condemns in absolute terms the sack of hundreds of

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Ajegunle People, Let’s Stand Up against Insecurity and Economic Hardship

Demand Provision of Social Amenities By Moshood Oshunfunrewa DSM Ajegunle Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA and LCDA, Lagos, where despite receiving billions of Naira from both IGR and FAAC monthly distributions, the local government administrations in Ajegunle have fundamentally failed to fulfill their obligations to the people. Primary healthcare centers lie in disarray, roads deteriorate, and drainage systems remain clogged, while residents continue

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CDWR Condemns Mass Sack of Lagos Water Corporation Workers and Demands Recall

We Say No to Privatization of the Water Corporation The Campaign for Democratic and Workers Rights condemns the sack of about 370 workers of the Lagos State Water Corporation (LSWC) on Monday, April 15, 2024. This mass sack violates Section 20 of the Labour Act and was carried out under an atmosphere of intimidation and harassment wherein hundreds of armed

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Celebrating Fifty Years of the Committee for a Workers’ International

Over the weekend of 20-21 April 1974, a small but crucial international meeting took place in a room at the Old Mother Redcap pub in Camden, London. This meeting decided to launch a new revolutionary Trotskyist international organisation, the Committee for a Workers’ International – the CWI. The new international was to be wedded to the ideas and methods of

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OYO STATE: SPN MOURNS THE PASSING OF ITS FORMER DEPUTY GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE!

We wish her family, friends and NULGE fortitude to bear the loss! The Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN, Oyo state chapter, receives with huge shock and pain, the news of a sudden death of Comrade Famuti Ebunoluwa who was until her death, a staff of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Oyo State chapter and member of the

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OUTRAGEOUS FEE HIKE FOR NEW UI INTAKE IS A FORETASTE OF AN IMPENDING ATTACKS ON OLD STUDENTS

ERC calls for the Constitution of Action Committee for an Effective Planning and Coordination of a Fight back The attention of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC), University of Ibadan branch has been drawn to different outrageous figures of school fees recently displayed on the portal of the university’s new intakes for the 2023/24 academic session. The new fees, as seen

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CDWR SUPPORTS NIGERIAN NURSES’ STRUGGLE AGAINST GOVERNMENT’S OPPRESSIVE POLICIES

We Demand Improvement in Pay and Working Condition of Nurses’ and other Health Workers The Campaign for Democratic and Workers’ Rights (CDWR), a campaign platform of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), extends its unwavering solidarity and support to Nigerian nurses in their ongoing struggle against callous policies, attacks on personal freedom and neglect by the government. We call for the

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OUTRAGEOUS TARIFF HIKE AMIDST GROWING COST OF LIVING IS INSENSITIVE

TRADE UNIONS AND PRO-MASSES ORGANISATIONS SHOULD LEAD RESISTANCE AGAINST TARIFF HIKE The Bola Tinubu government through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has imposed another provocative hike in electricity tariff for Band A consumers by a whopping 230% – from N68 Kwh to N225 Kwh. According to NERC, this tariff hike affects about 15% of the total consumers and is

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Labour Party Crisis

DSM Calls for Conference of Trade Unions, Left Organisations and Socialists to Discuss the Building of a Genuine Mass Working People’s Party The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) welcomes the current move by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to reclaim the Labour Party, so long as it is a genuine attempt to build a democratic working class party. The fact is