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
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.
18 July 2018
Labour must start sustained campaign against casualization
For three days, starting from Monday July 9, the offices of the MTN, the biggest telecommunication company in Nigeria, nationwide were picketed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over non-unionisation and casualization of workers. In Lagos members of Democratic Socialist Movement joined the action in solidarity with the NLC and workers, urging that this must not be a one-off action but rather the start of a sustained campaign against casualization.
16 May 2018
Since 2012 members of Democratic Socialist Movement have participated at May Day rallies with the special May Day fliers of Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), along with Socialist Democracy - the DSM paper, that articulates demands and issues of workers as well as how to fight for them. This is done side by side with the calls on workers to join the SPN in order to help us jointly build it as a mass working people party, especially given the loss of the Labour Party to corrupt, anti-poor capitalist politicians. This year's event was very significant for members of the Socialist Party of Nigeria being the first since the registration of the party following about four years of both political and legal struggles.
26 March 2018
CDWR Calls on Dangote Cement Plc to immediately meet workers' Demands.
The truck officers who have been callously and fraudulently sacked by the management of Dangote Cement won, on Tuesday March 20, their the first victory against the company at the National Industrial Court. Following the frivolous and senseless preliminary objection raised by Dangote Cement Plc that lasted many hearings, Justice Mustapha Tijini ruled in favour of the cheated workers and fixed May 23, 2018 for the commencement of hearing on the substantial matter.,/p>
The reality of the matter is that Dangote Cement Plc has no case but, as usual, is trying to cheat workers. Unfair labour practices and favourable government policies is the reason Aliko Dangote is the richest man in Africa.
5 January 2018
Calls on the labour movement to declare a 24-hour warning strike and mass protest
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) warns against any plan by the Buhari/APC government to increase pump price of petroleum products. Such an attempt must be resisted by the working masses and youth across the country.
28 December 2017
•Aregbesola Government should pay full salaries and pensions to all workers and retirees
•All arrears of half-salaries and pensions plus gratuities must be paid.
•Promotion is a right, not a privilege
•Labour Leadership should call Congress of Workers now
The Democratic Socialist Movement supports the strike action declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress Osun state chapters. We fully support the struggle for immediate payment of full salaries and pensions to all categories of workers and retirees, plus payment of arrears among other demands. We make bold to say that the strike is long overdue, as workers and retirees have had to endure several months of denied salaries and pensions.