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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.

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12 October 2018

OSUN GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION: RULING PARTY WAS REJECTED OVER ANTI-POOR POLICIES

Alfred Adegoke taking the SPN campaign directly to ordinary people - photo DSM

Alfred Adegoke taking the SPN campaign directly to ordinary people - photo DSM

Pyrrhic Victory without Legitimacy

The circumstances surrounding the Osun 2018 governorship election hold crucial lessons for the building of a political alternative of the common and working people in Nigeria. The results also came across as a rude shock to the political establishment in the country.

Although the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gboyega Oyetola, was declared as the winner of the race, he and his party lost the legitimacy to govern the affairs of the state. Indeed the election showed that Osun people had rejected the outgoing Aregbesola government, the APC and their policies.

The Socialist Party of Nigeria's (SPN) participation in the election, although underreported in the media, was significant as it provided socialist positions on issues affecting common people; and to that extent, the SPN's intervention singly added quality to the election by compelling attention on issues that daily confront working-people households and families.

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6 October 2018

REPORT OF MINIMUM WAGE STRIKE ACTIVITY IN LAGOS

DSM member H.T. Soweto addressing strikers in Lagos - photo DSM

DSM member H.T. Soweto addressing strikers in Lagos - photo DSM

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.

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5 October 2018

Labour Holds Joint Strike over Minimum Wage

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.

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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.

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24 September 2018

Preliminary Statement on Osun Governorship Election

Nothing has changed – No Difference between APC and PDP

SPN Thanks All Our Supporters

The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Osun State wishes to appreciate all our members, supporters and those who voted for the party and its candidate, Barrister Alfred Adegoke, in the now inconclusive Governorship Election in Osun State that held on 22nd September, 2018.

We saw this election as part of our continuing campaign to win the support of the Osun people to end the rule of anti-poor capitalist parties in the state and embrace the socialist banner. We are however proud of our brave intervention in this election and our modest vote of 391, given the enormous odds against us. As we had pointed out much before now, the elections had been rigged against small parties especially those like the SPN which has a pro-working people programme and does not have a war-chest of stolen funds to buy votes.

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23 September 2018

RIFT BETWEEN AMBODE AND TINUBU

Disagreement over Spoils of Office

Another Crack Opens in the Ruling Party

The rumored rift between the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwumi Ambode, and his now estranged political godfather, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has finally blown into the open. This ends months of speculation.

Obviously this crisis is only another crack in a ruling party already riven by multiple divisions, most of which are struggles between different gangs of thieves. But given Lagos' enormous political and economic importance of Lagos state, this rift could have serious repercussions for the All Progressive Congress in the 2019 general elections.

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14 September 2018

SPN WELCOMES NLC, TUC AND ULC JOINT 14-DAY ULTIMATUM TO FG TO AGREE NEW NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE!

*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.

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12 September 2018

2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS

SPN Ready to Act as a Rallying Point for All Those who are Fed up with the Status Quo and want a Genuine Political Alternative

Against the background of mounting crises in Nigerian society and economy, two recent important developments in the polity have raised anew the urgent necessity of building of a mass based, independent, working class political alternative with a clear socialist programme.

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9 September 2018

N45 MILLION AND N12 MILLION NOMINATION FEES CHARGED BY APC AND PDP RESPECTIVELY UNDERSCORE HOW THE MAINSTREAM BOURGEOIS PARTIES ARE EXCLUSIVELY PRESERVED FOR THE RICH AND THE CORRUPT

SPN CHARGES ZERO NAIRA FOR ASPIRANTS IN ORDER TO GIVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES TO ALL

It is not surprising that All Progressives Congress (APC) is charging as high as N45 million as presidential nomination fees while Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is charging N12 million for its nomination fees. Besides, being a betrayal of workers and young people’s desire to play a role in the 2019 general elections, it shows clearly how the mainstream political parties are dominated by the rich.

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