Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For Struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
DSM, PO Box 2225, Agege, Lagos
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9 August 2017
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), Osun State, hereby condemns the statement widely credited to the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to the effect that the government he is leading does not owe workers and pensioners. We suspect that the statement is aimed at denying workers and retirees arrears of their salaries and pensions owed over twenty four months. Nothing exemplifies this more than the fact the governor was making the reported statement days after acknowledging the receipt of Paris Club refund to the tune of over N6.3 billion. One of the conditions for the release of the refund to states, according to the Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun, is that state governments agreed that seventy percent of the refund would be used to offset arrears of salaries and pensions.
4 August 2017
The Youth Rights Campaign (YRC) hereby calls for an increase in the pay of N-Power volunteers as well as improvement in their working conditions. This should start with increasing the monthly allowance of the volunteers from the current N30, 000 and the regularization of their employment unlike the temporary and volunteering nature of the scheme.
20 July 2017
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) supports the demand and agitation for autonomy for local governments. We however warn that the autonomy will not automatically engender development at the grassroots level except it comes by putting into power a workers and poor people's government devoted to utilizing public resources to meet the needs of the mass majority. Otherwise if it is the same looters who are in power nationally and at the States that would run autonomous local governments, the result would be the same.
20 July 2017
By Rufus Olusesan, National Chairman,
Campaign For Democratic and Workers' Rights (CDWR)
"Every m an's life ends the same way. It's only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another"– Ernest Hemingway.
26 May 2017
Comrade Dagga Tolar (Segun Ajayi) has won re-election as Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Ajeromi Ifelodun Local Government Lagos State. Another three positions were won by candidates of the Teachers Light Mind (TLM) – the electoral platform upon which Dagga and other radical union activists contested. These are the positions of Deputy Chairman, Treasurer and First Examiner of account.
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.