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
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labour and giving a bold example to the pauperized people whose frenzied hope for change three and a half years ago has been replaced by anger, disappointment and complacency.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.
25 October 2018
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.
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.
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.
6 October 2018
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.
5 October 2018
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.
26 September 2018
SPN SUPPORTS NATIONWIDE WARNING STRIKE DECLARED BY THE NLC, TUC AND ULC OVER NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE<
URGENT STEPS NEEDED TO MAKE THE STRIKE SUCCEED
SThe Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) throws its weight behind the decision of the three labour federations – the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the United Labour Congress (ULC) – to commence a nationwide warning strike by the midnight of Wednesday 26 September 2018 following the expiration of the 14 days ultimatum the labour centres issued to the federal government to demand a new national minimum wage.
This is a strike that must be supported by the entirety of workers, youth and oppressed.
14 September 2018
*For immediate commencement of mobilisation and sensitisation across the country in preparation for a national day of action for the payment of salary/pension arrears and against all other anti-people policies of Buhari/APC-led regime now!!
The SPN strongly feels that this ultimatum must not be limited to just a media pronouncement, the labour leaders must commence immediate mobilisation and sensitisation of the workers and other poor Nigerians across the country in preparation for a 24 hours warning general strike and mass protest as a first step to commence the struggle for the approval should the FG fail to respect the 14 days ultimatum.