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
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.
8 March 2017
• WOMEN MUST FIGHT FOR A BETTER SOCIETY TO END DISCRIMINATION
• HAPPY CELEBRATION TO ALL FEMALE WORKERS ON THIS DAY!!!
This celebration is taking place at a time when women live in privation. We also still face oppression of various kinds both at home, work, tertiary institutions and the society - such as the refusal to legalize abortion rights, divorce rights, rape/harassment and so on. All these cannot be disconnected from the system (capitalism) - a system that creates inequality and discrimination that women suffer. For women it is a double tragedy. In addition to being exploited as workers in a capitalist society just like men, women again suffer gender oppression in a patriarchal society as ours.
8 March 2017
Demonstrations world-wide swelled by anti-Trump anger
A century on from the Russian Revolution
International Women's Day (8th March) is being celebrated with special enthusiasm this year by members of the parties and organisations affiliated to the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI). It is a hundred years since women workers of Petrograd chose this day to take the action which sparked the historic Russian revolution. It is also the day on which millions world-wide will be on the streets to denounce the reactionary views of the newly elected president of the United States, especially towards women.
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.
2 March 2017
Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa: Build United Mass Movement to Fight Discrimination and Joblessnes
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) condemns the wave of xenophobic attacks that has occurred in some parts of South Africa. This attack by a very desperate tiny minority of the South African population reflects the growing, yet unmitigated suffering by the working and young people of South Africa. This shows that there has been little progress in terms of improvement in the living conditions of young people and working class in South Africa since the end of Apartheid over 20 years ago
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.
9 February 2017
But What Next?
On Monday February 6, 2017, thousands poured into the streets across some cities in the country to protest the unending hardship and failure of the Buhari/APC government. Over 3,000 marched in Lagos. The Democratic Socialist Movement's placards and a leaflet listing 18 key demands were enthusiastically taken up by the crowds. Many thousands marched in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Benin, Akure, Ibadan and Osogbo.
6 February 2017
We Need to Fight Against Anti-poor Economic Policies and for Socialist Change
Today, 6 February 2017, thousands will be marching in Lagos, Abuja and other cities to protest the growing economic hardship being faced by a majority of Nigerians. After nearly two years in power, the Buhari/APC government has failed woefully. Things are worse now than before. The rising cost of living is unbearable for the vast majority. High hope invested in Buhari by many Nigerians seeking genuine change is being shattered amidst growing disillusionment.