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Socialist Democracy May Day 2010


30 April 2010

MINDLESS POLICE KILLINGS IN AJEGUNLE: Enough is Enough!

By Aderemi Ismail

For over 20 years the residents of Ajegunle, one of the most densely populated poorest communities of Lagos State, have been subjected to searing police terror. But this came to head with the killings of Charles Okorafor on April 1, 2010 and, later, of Tunde Olotu, who had joined the 3 April march to protest the gruesome murder of Charles.

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30 April 2010

DEREGULATION: Labour Must Maintain its Age-long Opposition

Tragically for Nigeria's workers and poor, it appears that the Labour leaders have opted for subterfuge as a strategy in the struggle against deregulation. While they have continued to put a façade feigning commitment to the struggle, their conduct has only pointed at inclination to dump the struggle. Unfortunately, this they believe they are doing in the interest of the masses. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), for instance, mandated the 7-man team it set up at the emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on March 4 to work with the federal government on deregulation to be guided by December 15 2009 NEC resolution which posed some conditions to the government. These included: complete repairs of the four existing refineries; building of additional refineries either solely-owned by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) or through joint partnership with oil companies, or better still through private sector initiative; a proper strengthening of the regulatory agencies so they can sanction defaulters; a level of power supply must be attained to encourage manufacturing and boost industrial growth; roads must be fixed and the railway system reactivated. The NLC also demanded that a viable system of mass transit be put in place to ease free movement of people and goods across the nation.

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30 April 2010

LIVING WAGE FOR NIGERIAN WORKERS: LONG OVERDUE

NLC, TUC Must Remain Steadfast on the Struggle

By Chinedu Bosah

Minimum wage which started in late 2008 has not moved beyond promises from the federal government and the recent setting up of a tripartite committee made up of labour, federal government and private sector employers. On the committee the Labour representatives are a minority compared to the employers of labour made up of federal government and private sector employers. This means if anything positive for workers can be achieved, it will be at the mercy of government and employers of labour.

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30 April 2010

MAY DAY: The Need to Build the Labour Party as a Genuine Working Peoples' Political Platform

By Kola Ibrahim

As workers in Nigeria celebrate this year's Workers' Day, the political challenges before the working and poor people are more vital today than ever before. That the capitalist political class has severally and collectively plundered the huge resources of the nation, while the poor people go hungry, is no news. For the past almost eleven years of civil rule, workers have fought tooth and nail to gain better living but every demand of workers in this regard is met with stiff opposition from the capitalist ruling class at all levels. While the Teachers' Salary Scale (TSS) the Nigerian government was forced to concede to, has not been implemented in many states of the federation, the demand of the workers for substantial wage increase from the meager N5,500 (about 37 US dollars) a month to N52, 200 (about 234 US dollars) is stubbornly opposed by all tiers of government.

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30 April 2010

2011 Election:

Workers Must Go for Political Power

Perennially faced with poverty and joblessness, high costs of education and health and general despair, more and more Nigerians on the streets, in the markets, on radio and TV phone-in programs and even churches and mosques etc - could be heard saying one thing: what Nigeria needs now is a revolution.

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