Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
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21 May 2017
Demand a New National Minimum Wage
Workers Angry Over Economic Hardship
This year's May Day was held amidst seething anger by workers who are among the worst hit by the worst economic crisis in years. Many had come to May Day rallies with hope that they would go home with sweet news on a new minimum wage but left disappointed. The Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress had formally demanded a new minimum wage of N56, 000 before last year's May Day. Also the United Labour Congress (ULC) is demanding N96, 000. Sadly, almost a year later, apart from occasional hot air, the labour leadership has not demonstrated any iota of seriousness to fight for this demand. Hence the anger at some rallies. Here are reports from different May Day rallies across the country.
8 May 2017
Labour leadership under pressure to match workers’ anger with bold actions
Prepare for 24 general strike and mass protest over unpaid salary/pension and for increase in Minimum wage without retrenchment
The anger and revolt of workers across May Day centres on 1st May 2017 are dire warnings to the capitalist ruling elite and particularly the Buhari/APC government that the working masses will no longer accept their excuses for the impoverishment, joblessness and destitution which has been the hallmark of the administration since it came to power two years ago.
1 May 2017
For a One-Day General Strike and Mass Protest to Demand Payment of Backlog of Salaries and Pension and N56, 000 Wage!
The Labour Movement Must Unite to Defend the Socio-Economic and Political Interest of Workers and the Poor
This year's May Day is taking place at a period when the working masses and poor are suffering due to the harsh economic conditions engendered by the global crisis of capitalism and the anti-poor neo-liberal policies of past and present governments at all levels. Rising and high cost of living, mass sack and joblessness, unpaid salaries of workers and pensioners, poor wage, lack of basic infrastructure, looting of public funds have all worsened the plight of the working masses.
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.