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Socialist Democracy October 2010


9 August 2010

Don't Hand Over Labour Party to Moneybags

Trade Unions must condemn the outrageous nomination fees, and actively build and fund the Party

By Peluola Adewale

On the surface the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Labour Party held on May 5, 2010 in Akure Ondo raises hope of the resolve of the party leadership to reposition it as a working peoples' party. The party is aptly described in the NEC communiqué as "the vanguard of all working and labouring people of Nigeria" and therefore "must play that role effectively by winning power for the people in the forth-coming elections". The media news reports were awash with radical speeches made at the meeting. Governor Olusegun Mimiko for instance threw a challenge to the trade unions and labour leaders to participate actively in the party. Good enough, the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress which have already openly adopted the Labour Party as the party of trade unions and workers were ably represented at the meeting. A few days earlier, in his May Day address, the Party's National Chairman Dan Anyanwu called the Labour Party a socialist political party formed in 2002 by the working people of this country.

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5 August 2010

UNIBEN: Newly Registered ERC branch holds symposium

The newly registered branch of the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) held its maiden program on Wednesday 28th July 2010 at the Twin Lecture Theatre 11, Social Sciences of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) Benin Edo State. The Education Rights Campaign (ERC) was formed by the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) as a platform to campaign against the government's neo-liberal attacks on education.

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31 August 2010

History: 70th anniversary of the assasination of Leon Trotsky

Coming mass revolts will see workers and youth look to Trotsky's ideas

Capitalists attempt literary assassination of Trotsky's ideas

Seventy years ago the greatest living revolutionary of the time, Leon Trotsky, was murdered by Josef Stalin's hit man Ramon Mercader. There had been a number of failed previous attempts on Trotsky's life but this time a fatal blow from an 'ice pick' successfully destroyed the 'brain' of the working class and the symbol of implacable opposition to capitalism and totalitarian Stalinism. This event, celebrated in the Kremlin by Stalin and the bureaucratic elite he represented, also brought joy to the capitalist governments of Europe, America and the world.

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12 August 2010

South Africa: 1.3 million public servants in one-day warning strike

Longer strike may follow after negotiations on Thursday

Liv Shange, Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM – CWI in South Africa)

Approximately 20,000 workers marched in Tshwane and 15,000 in Cape Town on Tuesday, 10 August, as 1.3 million public sector workers, organised in the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the smaller Independent Labour Caucus (ILC) and Federation Unions of SA (Fedusa), shut down public services like schools and hospitals almost completely. In other towns pickets were held.

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19 August 2010

WORKERS` STRIKES IN OYO STATE:

A call for a United Action and Working People Political Alternative

By Abbey Trotsky

The perennial economic cum political attacks every pro-capitalist government now characteristically unleashes on workers and other categories of toiling working masses has kept throwing up repeated resistance from workers in Oyo state. In the last five months, workers in different sectors have embarked on one form of strike or the other to press home their various demands that mainly centre on the implementation of agreements which the employers had earlier reached with the aggrieved workers.

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1 September 2010

LABOUR AND ATTAHIRU JEGA:

Free And Fair Elections Are Meaningless Without A Fighting Mass Working Class Labour Party

By Ayo Ademiluyi

Towards the upcoming 2011 general elections, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) believes that the appointment of Attahiru Jega would perhaps ensure free and fair elections. In a communiqué issued, while welcoming the appointment of Prof. Attahiru Jega as the Chairman of INEC, the leadership of the Congress correctly added that, "it does not automatically guarantee credible elections in the face of mounting determination of some anti-democratic elements among the political elite determined to frustrate a free and fair electoral process." Hence, it resolved to meet with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to explore ways of partnership that would checkmate antics of the political elite.

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1 September 2010

OAU MANAGEMENT: STOP VICTIMISATION OF AYO ADEMILUYI

Process his Final Result and Mobilise him to Law School

In what is a clear case of clampdown on freedom of the press at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Michael Faborode has ordered the final results of Ayo Ademiluyi to be withheld. Ayo, a Law student had completed all the academic requirements without criminal record and was supposed to have graduated from the university at the December 2009 Convocation. He was also denied right of going to Law School while his colleagues were mobilized in January 2010.

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1 September 2010

3-MONTH STRIKE OF LECTURERS AT TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN OSUN STATE

Government Must Meet Workers' Demands For Students To Resume

For over 3 months now, workers in all four Osun State-owned Tertiary Institutions, including the Osun State Polytechnic Iree, Osun State College of Technology Esa-Oke and the two Osun State Colleges of Education at Ilesa and Ila have been on strike demanding salary increase and improved welfare packages. Despite the genuineness of the workers' demands, the Osun State government has remained intransigent thus allowing students to waste away at home.

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1 September 2010

AUTHORITY-SPONSORED ATTACKS ON SOCIALIST STUDENTS IN OAU

We demand immediate reinstatement of Adeleke Olorunwa Emmanuel (Goddey)

By Barryblacky

In what qualified as a massive witch-hunt of student socialists, pro-management officials of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Students' Union have launched violent attacks on members of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) and other left organisations on the campus. About ten members of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) were brutally assaulted and beaten while the campus secretariat of the organisation was burnt with loss of personal and organizational properties worth hundreds of thousand of naira. Also, members of another left group, Congress of Progressive Youth (COPY) were not spared in the violent attacks which started on Monday 12 July 2010 and peaked on Tuesday 13 July 2010.

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1 September 2010

POST UTME: CAN IT RESOLVE THE CRISIS OF MERIT?

By Keye Ewebiyi

Post-UME or what is now called Post-UTME was introduced in 2005 because the Universities Matriculation Examination (UME) as a means of ascertaining the merit of admission seekers had become corrupted and discredited. The Post-UTME is meant to be an additional test organised by tertiary institutions to screen students seeking admissions.

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