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
11 March 2017
Trade Unions and Civil Society Celebrate International Women's Day with Marches and Symposia in Lagos
Perhaps, for the first time in Nigeria marches were held to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day. In Lagos there were two such marches. One was organized by a coalition of civil society organizations led by Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and supported by the women commissions of Lagos State Chapters of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC). The second one was organized by the women commission of the United Labour Congress (UCL), the new trade union federation that recently emerged from the split in the NLC.
5 March 2017
Over 60 at DSM Public Symposium in Lagos
On Saturday 25 February 2017, over 60 people turned up at a public symposium organized by the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM). The theme was: "Nigeria in crisis: What is the way out? There was a sub-theme: "After Feb 6 and 9 protests: What next?"
Against the background of the February 6 and 9 mass protests which indicate a reawakening in mass consciousness, the aim of the symposium was to discuss the capitalist economic crisis ravaging Nigeria and what the appropriate responses should be from the labour movement and other mass organizations of the working and toiling people.
5 March 2017
About two hundred dock workers stormed the premises of the National Industrial Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, for the first hearing of their case on Wednesday, 22 February, 2017 between the modern enslaved dock workers and Energy Neftegas Limited (Nig). Alongside banners placards with sharp demands like “ENL pay us our ten years salary,” “Nationalize the Nigerian port under democratic control and management by workers”, etc. etc. were also raised to capture the attention of passer-by and residents.
1 March 2017
February 23 saw about 80 Truck Officers from Dangote Cement Plc stage a peaceful protest to the corporate head office of Dangote Group over their sack, harassment, unpaid entitlements and breach of agreements.
The workers, about 80 in number, assembled in Lagos from different parts of the country for the protest and carried placards proclaiming, amongst others, “Dangote deceived us into fraudulent scheme & unilaterally cancelled the agreement” and “Dangote used armed soldiers & police to harass workers”.
12 February 2017
For the second time in one week, thousands marched out in two cities (Lagos and Abuja) on 9 February to protest the growing hardship under the Muhammadu Buhari/APC government. Thursday's protest rally was called by the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress. Originally the rally was tagged "2nd National day of action against corruption and for good governance" and was aimed to "reinvigorate public support" for government's anti-corruption war. However, so much is the anger in society at the failure of Buhari government that the trade union leaders’ pro-government agenda had to be hurriedly amended, especially after the masses exploded onto the streets Monday 6 February in a massive demonstration of anger at the failure of the Buhari government.
25 January 2017
FIGHTING LABOUR MOVEMENT URGENTLY REQUIRED
DSM CALLS FOR UNITED STRUGGLE AGAINST WORKING CLASS EXPLOITERS
Recently, a factional leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by Joe Ajaero broke away from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) with some industrial unions to form a new federation known as the United Labour Congress (ULC). Now that the Ajaero faction has declared a new labour centre, socialists and working class activists are discussing what should be the appropriate response to this development.
16 January 2017
5-DAY WARNING STRIKE OF SSANU, NASU AND NAAT: ANOTHER SIGN THAT BUHARI GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED PUBLIC EDUCATION
We Support the Strike and Call on Government to avoid further disruption of academic calendar by meeting all demands
The Education Rights Campaign fully supports the decision of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NASU) to embark on a 5-day warning strike from January 16 to compel the federal government to fully implement the tenets of the 2009 FGN/ Non Teaching Staff Union agreement.
20 November 2016
CALLS FOR DEMOCRATIC MANAGEMENT OF UNIVERSITIES
FOR A JOINT ACTION OF EDUCATION WORKERS AND STUDENTS
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is holding a week long warning strike that started on Wednesday, November 16, over the failure of the federal government to honour its aspects of the FGN-ASUU 2009 agreement. This agreement contains a commitment of government to upwardly fund education sector and pay outstanding wages of the academic staff. The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) fully supports the consistent struggle of ASUU for the implementation of this agreement. And we hold that the failure of Buhari government to uphold the terms of this agreement shows that there is no fundamental difference between Buhari and previous regimes that have reneged on this agreement and further eroded an already rotten education system.
2 November 2016
SACK OF 16 NLC AND NUT LEADERS IN OGUN STATE IS A DISPLAY OF EXECUTIVE RECKLESSNESS BY GOV. AMOSUN'S GOVERNMENT
DSM DEMANDS IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RECALL OF THE SACKED LEADERS AND MEETING OF WORKERS’ DEMANDS
The decision of the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led government of Ogun state to dismiss the chairman of the Ogun state Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Mr. Akeem Ambali, his Vice who also doubles as the chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Mr. Dare Ilekoya and 14 others is anti-worker, despotic and a crass display of executive recklessness.
18 October 2016
TRADE UNION LEADERS HAVE TO DO MORE TO DEFEND WORKERS AGAINST PRECARIOUS WORK
Workers from different trade unions and members of pro-labour organisations marched in Lagos against precarious work on Friday October 7, 2016. This is an annual event to campaign against anti-workers' policies such as casualization, contract staffing, poor welfare etc. and picket factories where these anti-labour practices hold sway.