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
13 December 2018
Mass protests shake country
President tries to buy time by making concessions
For more than a month now, since 17 November, France has seen an apparently unstoppable revolt from below. Wearing 'gilets jaunes', the yellow jackets every vehicle in France must carry, a massive tide of very visible protest has swept the country, initially against a rise in the tax on diesel fuel, but rapidly becoming a revolt of the oppressed against 'the president of the rich', Emmanuel Macron.
23 November 2018
Only Candidates standing on Pro-masses and Socialist Programmes can make a Difference
• Labour and workers must be prepared for a protracted struggle for enactment and implementation of the new minimum wage
• An Open Letter to Trade Unions, CSOs and Change-Seeking Individuals
22 November 2018
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) held its National Committee (NC) meeting on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 in Lagos. The two-day deliberation came at a time when the DSM is intervening in the forthcoming 2019 general election through the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) – a political party whose registration was initiated by the DSM. There were inspiring discussions around the tasks of building the DSM and SPN especially in the wake of a mass disillusionment that has trailed the failure of the Buhari/Osinbajo presidency. Quite inspirational were the reports from the branches of the organisation that had stood on socialist programmes under the banner of the Socialist Party of Nigeria in gubernatorial and local council elections of Osun and Oyo states respectively.
14 November 2018
The horrific slaughter of the First World War has haunted generations. By the time it ended, it had put into question the ‘right’ of the ruling classes to rule, something that helped provoke revolutions and mass struggles around the world. Just the huge military casualties, officially nearly 10 million, maybe more, soldiers killed and many millions wounded, led to a revulsion against a war which many saw as a contest between rival empires and powers, often with no real fundamental differences in character between them.
The combination of the effect of the world war and the October 1917 Russian revolution’s impact was felt far and wide, both in imperialist and colonies. As part of a radicalisation in the working class, and a rejection of those Social Democrat leaders who supported their “own” capitalist classes, the Communist International became the largest organised worldwide revolutionary movement seen so far.
7 November 2018
Struggle needed to secure implementation of any deal
But for last minute suspension, a big general strike (certainly bigger than any other in the last three and a half years) could have rocked Nigeria starting in the early hours of Tuesday November 6, 2018. The strike was called off just before midnight on Monday 5 November 2018 after an 11-hour marathon meeting of the minimum wage tripartite committee. The key issue had become labour's demand for an increase of the current N18, 000 minimum wage to a higher wage figure of N30, 000. Labour had initially demanded about N65, 000 from which it climbed down during negotiations.
If the strike had gone ahead it could have become the starting point of a mass movement led by the working class and organized labour and giving a bold example to the pauperized people whose frenzied hope for change three and a half years ago has been replaced by anger, disappointment and complacency.
4 November 2018
For a Mass Working People Political Alternative Now!
On Tuesday October 30, organized Labour held a nationwide protest to mobilise public support for its demand on a new minimum wage and the resumption on November 6 of the general strike. While the Labour leaders could have done better in term of the turnout of workers, this protest largely achieved its objective. From the reports, members of the public expressed support for the struggle.
31 October 2018
SUMMAL FOOD COMPANY IBADAN: Higher pay, shorter hours won after casual workers’ protest and strike cripples production
Concessions won inspired staff in the company and casual workers in other Ibadan factories to struggle for better working conditions
The entire administrative and production activities in the Summal Food Company, Ibadan, was completely paralysed and grounded between Tuesday, 2nd and Thursday 4th, October 2018. This was the result of a mass protest embarked upon by thousands of casual workers in the company to demand an improvement in their slavery working conditions.
The strength and determination of this protest resulted in these workers winning a 30% increase in salary, shorter working hours and a six-day week with Sunday and public holiday working counted as overtime. These gains have encouraged workers at other Ibadan factors to take to the road of struggles.
25 October 2018
Members of the newly formed Nigerian Union of Mine Workers (NUMW) held, on October 8, a mass picket of three Ogun State quarries in order to protest at casualization of quarry workers, build support for the unionization of quarry workers and to demand better pay and conductive working environment for quarry workers.
25 October 2018
NATIONWIDE SOLIDARITY AND ORGANISED ACTION NEEDED!
The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) condemns in strong terms the decision by the authorities of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, to jack up the tuition fees of the institution. Under the new fee regime imposed on working class parents and students, students of LAUTECH who are indigenes of either Osun or Oyo are to pay N200, 000; while non-indigenes are to cough up a whopping N250, 000. This is an outrageous increase from the old fee regime, which required that indigenes and non-indigenes pay the sums of N63, 000 and N72, 500 respectively.
24 October 2018
SPN Supports Planned Nationwide Protest and Strike of NLC, TUC and ULC over Recalcitrance of Government and Employers to Pay Adequate Minimum Wage
• For mass mobilization of workers and oppressed for both October 30 National Protest and Strike starting on November 6
• Reject Anti Worker “No Work No Pay” Policy
• SPN pledges to pay living wage and place Political Office Holders on workers’ salaries if elected into government
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) welcomes the decision of the leadership of the labour movement under the three labour centres (NLC, TUC and ULC) to declare national strike on November 6, 2018, over the failure of the government and the employers to accede to a modest N30,000 (thirty thousand naira) as the new national minimum wage.