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Socialist Democracy December 2011 – January 2012

15 December 2011


Come January 2012, the Jonathan government has announced that its decision to remove the so-called subsidy on fuel prices will be implemented. Going by past experience and especially within the atmosphere of virtual socio-political and economic paralysis which presently dominates the country, the implementation of this well-worn but counter-productive, pro-rich, anti-growth/anti-poor measure would only provoke deeper catastrophic consequences for the country's working masses and Nigeria itself as a corporate entity.

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15 December 2011


By Peluola Adewale

President Goodluck Jonathan government recently deployed soldiers to occupy the installations of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) nationwide. Jonathan has gone to this anti-democratic level out of desperation to secure the PHCN for profit-first vampires, to whom he wants to sell, at give-away price, the nation's patrimony at the expense of workers and poor. The action which is meant to intimidate the workers resisting the planned privatization of the public electricity company is reminiscent of the era of military junta where workers and ordinary people were muzzled at gun point into submitting to anti-poor policies. Besides, this ugly development which is part of the ongoing militarization of civilian environment by the Jonathan government is a bad omen for the current civil rule.

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15 December 2011

Workers Of Rebecca Fashion Ltd Protest Poor Working Conditions

By Chinedu Bosah

Workers of Rebecca Fashion Limited, a Chinese company that produces Noble brand of weave-on (hair weave), went on an indefinite strike on Thursday, October 27, 2011 to press demand for better pay and improved working conditions as well as against casualisation. The strike was called off on the next day, Friday, October 28, after the hitherto recalcitrant management was forced to promise to address the demands of the workers.

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22 November 2011

Zartech AAEUN branch must reverse the indefinite suspension order on Kayode Wintola, its Welfare Officer, NOW!

Trade Union democracy

A fighting workers' union free of management influence is needed now!!*

By Abbey Trotsky

The Zartech branch of Agricultural and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria (AAEUN) has issued out an indefinite suspension letter to its welfare officer, Kayode Wintola, who is equally a member of Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM). Zartech is an agro-allied company based in Ibadan with about 3,000 workers.

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15 December 2011

Joint Action Front (JAF) Holds Congress

By H. T. Soweto

Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 October 2011, saw the Joint Action Front (JAF), the civil society partner of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO), hold its second delegate congress.

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15 December 2011


By H.T. Soweto, National Coordinator, ERC

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) commenced what it tagged "comprehensive and indefinite strike" on Monday December 5, 2011. The indefinite strike of ASUU is to protest the refusal of the Federal government to fully implement the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement. This agreement, which among other things, includes allocating a gradual increase in budgetary allocation to education until it gets to 26% and to raise the retirement age of professors from 65 to 70, was signed by the late President Yar' Adua's administration after about four months of strike of ASUU. It should also be noted that other staff unions, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologist (NAAT) and Non-Academic Staff Unions (NASU) were also on strike over the period, and as a result the activities at all federal and state universities in Nigeria were paralyzed.

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15 December 2011

LAGBUS: A Classic Case Of Public Resources Channelled Towards Private Interest

By Chinedu Bosah

When LAGBUS started transport operation in Lagos State, many heave a sigh of relief. The popular belief among motorists was that a public transport outfit had come to rescue Lagosians of chaotic transportation system.

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15 December 2011



By H.T. Soweto, National Coordinator, ERC

The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) condemns attacks on democratic rights at Rochas Foundation College Ibadan Oyo state. Particularly we condemn the sack of Mr. Abiodun Bamigboye who was a biology teacher at the college.

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15 December 2011


CDWR Calls On NUFBTE And NLC To Immediately Mobilise For A Fight Back

By Victor Osakwe

For over one year now the inalienable rights of workers to freely associate have been brutally attacked by the management of Dangote Pasta Plant Ikorodu, a company owned by Aliko Dangote, the richest man in Africa. For joining a trade union, National Union of Food Beverages and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE), about 250 workers were not only locked out of the company but some of them were also brutally assaulted.

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15 December 2011

LIBYA: Gaddafi Dead – What Next?

Independent Action by Libyan Workers, Youth and Poor Vital To Prevent Revolution's Derailment

By Robert Bechert, Committee for a Workers' International (CWI)

While the defeat of the last major forces defending Gaddafi's dictatorial and increasingly megalomaniac regime was widely welcomed, the way in which it fell means that clouds now hang over the future of the Libyan revolution. There are now both opportunities and dangers facing the working masses and the youth in Libya. The combination of the absence of an independent workers' movement, the bitterness resulting from an increasingly brutal civil war and particularly NATO's intervention, have combined with Libya's own history and characteristics to produce a complicated political and social situation.

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