Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
DSM, PO Box 2225, Agege, Lagos
Come to DSM secretariat at 49 Charity Road New Oko-Oba, Abule-Egba, Lagos,
Call our national office on 0805 304 5953
2 April 2019
The national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), made good the resolution of the 12th national delegates' conference, held last February in Abuja, and embarked on a day's protest on 5th March in Abeokuta to press home the demands of the Ogun state workers. This was in spite of the threats issued by the state governor to the labour leaders. The governor had warned labour leaders to steer clear of the state else, he would disgrace them, should they proceed with the protest as planned.
The events of that day showed again the importance of workers taking action to achieve their demands.
25 March 2019
* We call on the labour movement to reject the planned increase in VAT, and demand full implementation of N30,000 minimum wage across the board without any odious conditions
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) strongly condemns the reported planned increase in Value Added Tax (VAT) by the Buhari/APC federal government. According to news reports credited to government officials, the government wants to increase VAT from the current 5 percent to around 7.5 percent. This increment, if allowed to scale through, will further worsen already high cost of living and make life more unbearable for vast majority of the working people and the masses.
25 January 2019
SPN Calls for a Sustained Struggle for N30,000 Minimum Wage and its Full Implementation
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The Socialist Party of Nigeria welcomes the rejection of N27,000 as the new minimum wage by the labour centres as reported in the news.
However, it is not enough for labour to reject this. We call for an immediate declaration of a 48 hour general strike in the first instance, and the immediate mobilization of workers and support of the public for the strike and actions necessary to raise living standards.
5 January 2019
Condemns NANS for opposing a nationwide strike against Education Underfunding
The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) wishes to reiterate her principled support for the ongoing strike of ASUU and ASUP. We believe this strike, which is about compelling government to fulfill its social responsibility in terms of funding public education and improving the conditions of education workers, deserves the principled support of students, parents and the labour movement as a whole.
3 January 2019
• We call for mass mobilization of workers, youth and the masses
• Labour Movement should build a new political alternative to the capitalist political class
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) hereby welcomes the latest decision of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to re-start national mass protests across the country on January 8, 2019, in response to the failure of the federal government to transmit the minimum wage proposal to the National Assembly for enactment. Just as recent actions have demonstrated the effectiveness of united struggle of all trade centres and pro-labour organisations, we hereby urge that the January 8 action be jointly coordinated by the NLC in alliance with the TUC, ULC and also the Joint Action Front (JAF).
26 December 2018
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Osun State Chapter, hereby bemoans the despotic approach of the management and Governing Council of Osun State University (UNIOSUN) to the agitations and demands of the staff unions of the university. We condemn the highhandedness of the Prof. Labode Popoola-led University Management, which has led to undemocratic attacks on the rights of workers in the institution to unionisation, expression and assembly.
We call on the Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, who is the visitor to the institution, and Osun State government, the owner, to stop the university administration in the ruinous path it has taken against staff unions and their leaders.
22 December 2018
Appeal for Solidarity with A&P Foods/pladis Global workers under attack from both management AND the national leaders of the Food Union
The workers of A&P Foods/pladis Global, Lagos, have embarked on strike action since Wednesday December 19, 2018 when the leadership of the National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees (NUFBTE), led by Mr. Lateef Oyelekan (President), on the order of management, suspended indefinitely the branch union Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Treasurer while five others EXCO members were given final warnings.
7 November 2018
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.
4 November 2018
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.
31 October 2018
SUMMAL FOOD COMPANY IBADAN: Higher pay, shorter hours won after casual workers’ protest and strike cripples production
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.