Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM)
For struggle, Solidarity and Socialism in Nigeria
Newspaper of the DSM
June 14, 2005
Report by Adeola Soetan (SHO)
Between June 6 and 8 the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the University of Ibadan (UI) jointly organized a successful 3-day warning strike against the university authorities.
May 19, 2005
MAY DAY 2005
2005 May Day was celebrated by the three federated union centres, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and the Congress of Free Trade Unions (CFTU). The NLC, the main workers’ trade union centre, is the federation of low paid workers, TUC is the union of the senior staff from both public and private sectors while CFTU is a break away faction of the TUC.
25 March, 2005
Nigerian Union of Teachers 2005 Elections:
Dagga Tolar, member of National Executive Committee of DSM, Elected as Vice Chairman in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government, Lagos State
After the earlier disruption of the elections on March 10 (reported below), following the agitation against the attempt of the outgoing leadership to manipulate the electoral process, the elections into the executive of the Ajeromi-Ifelodun chapter of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) were finally concluded on Wednesday March 23, 2005.
19 November 2004
AN OPEN LETTER TO LASCO
The second phase of the indefinite general strike/protest, against the recent hike in fuel prices, by the Obasanjo’s capitalist government, planned to start on November 16, 2004 was shelved at the eleventh hour by LASCO leaders.
We, in the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), an active participating group in all the general strikes/struggles waged so far against incessant hike of fuel prices regard the suspension of the planned general strike as a serious set back for the struggle of the working masses, against mass poverty in the midst of inexhaustible abundance, in the immediate and long term basis.
12 November 2004
The following article by Segun Sango, general secretary of the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM), was published in Vanguard, one of Nigeria's biggest daily papers, on Friday November 12th. Segun is a prominent member of LASCO (Labour and Civil Society Coalition), the broad grouping initiated by trade unions and radical groupings.
4 November 2004
Activities at Federal and states’ courts across the country were paralysed as the judiciary workers, Judiciary Staff Association of Nigeria (JUSAN), embarked on 5-day nationwide warning strike from Monday, November 1, 2004 to Friday, November 5, 2004 with the plan of resuming strike action if the government fails to meet the workers’ demands.
3rd November 2004
Mobilising for November 16th General Strike:
As part of the mobilisation campaign to kick-start the second phase of the nation-wide general strike, scheduled to commence on the 16th November, 2004, in protest against the pro-rich, anti-poor, neo-liberal policies of the Obasanjo led capitalist government, the Labour and Civil Society Coalition (LASCO) held mass rallies in the Ikeja and Yaba districts of Lagos today, 3rd November, 2004, to, amongst other demands, press for the reversal of the recent increments in the prices of petroleum products.
20th October 2004
For the sixth time since June 2000 and for the third time in year 2004 alone, the working people of Nigeria have resoundingly through nationwide general strikes and protests, expressed their total objection to the pro-rich, anti-poor neo-liberal policies of the Obasanjo’s capitalist government.
In this regard, the four-day warning general strike and protest across the country between October 11 and 14 2004 constitute a crushing refutation of the false theory, which, always claims that the Nigerian masses are docile and that that is why poverty pervade the land.
21st August 2004
OBASANJO’S TRADE UNION BILL:
The DSM fully backs the NLC resolution to mobilise nation-wide mass action against Labour Bill currently being debated by the National Assembly. According to the NLC President, Adams Oshiomhole, labour "shall...mobilize Nigerian people to resist not only the labour law, but all unjust policies... We must depend on Nigerian people to defend us, since we are being attacked for defending them". (ThisDay, August 13, 2004). The DSM fully identifies with these objectives and sentiments.
21st June 2004
Campaign for Workers and Democratic Rights
Open Letter to the National Assembly
The Campaign for Workers and Democratic Rights (CWDR) condemns, without reservation, the Bill recently sent to the National Assembly by President Olusegun Obasanjo to amend the Trade Union Act. This Bill centrally seeks to further put the trade unions under the control of employers and capitalist state institutions.
21st December 2003
CIU PRESS STATEMENT
STOP REPRESSION OF THE LABOUR MOVEMENT
The Campaign for Independent Unionism (CIU) condemns in its entirety the brutal attacks and arrest of workers of Mikano Nigeria Limited and labour leaders by armed policemen.
22nd September 2003.
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) has received with dismay the position adopted by the Governors’ Forum rejecting the recent 12.5% wage increase for workers.
26th July 2003
Socialist Democracy Special Bulletin August 2003
After eight days of grim heroic struggles, the Obasanjo government was forced to reduce the recent increment in fuel prices by 15%. Now petrol officially is to sell at N34 per litre instead of N40, while diesel and kerosene respectively will sell at N32 instead of N38.
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) has called for an independent labour movement enquiry into the killing, by the police, of several unarmed protesters during the general strike and protests against hike in fuel price increase.
From: SOCIALIST DEMOCRACY Special Bulletin 1st May 2003
2000 MINIMUM WAGE AGREEMENT:
In May 2000, the Federal Government announced N7,500 and N5,500 new minimum wage for federal and state civil servants respectively. Recognising that the wage increment was inadequate to meet the prevailing high cost of living, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Federal Government signed an agreement for 25% and 15% increment for year 2001 and 2002 respectively. In fact, President Olusegun Obasanjo announced this agreement at the year 2000 May Day rally in Lagos.
SOCIALIST DEMOCRACY Special Bulletin 1st March 2003
Education Workers’ Strike:
* Joint Action Needed For Total Victory
Since 29th December 2002, academic activities in all universities have been halted as a result of industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The ASUU decided to embark on the strike to demand the implementation of the June 2001 agreement signed between it and the Federal Government.
DSM statement 21 February 2003
FOR WORKERS’ CONTROL AND PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF THE OIL INDUSTRY
The two oil workers’ unions in the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on Thursday, 20th February 2003, announced the suspension of their four-day nationwide industrial action which began on Monday, February 17th, 2003 following the signing of an agreement between them and representatives of the Federal Government.
Feb - Mar 2003
Minimum Wage Agreement:
By Victor Osakwe
Sometimes in August 2002, at the height of the impeachment saga when the National Assembly was planning to impeach him, President Olusegun Obasanjo reaffirmed that his administration will implement the remaining aspect of the year 2000 minimum wage agreement from January 2003. But since the beginning of the year, there has been a debate whether the federal government actually accepted to increase the minimum wage by 12.5%. More ...
Feb - Mar 2003
Putting Profit Before Lives
On September 15, 2002 at 1.30a.m, fire struck in West African Rubber Products (WARP), Ikorodu, killing scores of workers on night duty. Days after the gory fire disaster, the scene of the horror was littered with half burnt bones and decomposed human bodies. More ...
Feb - Mar 2003
NLC’S Delegates’ Conference 2003:
By Olamide Olatunji
The 8th delegates conference of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) comes up on February 6th, 2003 at Abuja. The conference is essentially to elect officers to run the affairs of the congress for the next four years.
Nov - Dec 2002
NLC Must Fight For All Workers
In August 2002, the Federal Government announced the increase in workers wages by 12.5% with effect from January 2003. More ...
By Olamide Olatunji & Ojo Olajire
The Steel and Engineering Workers Union of Nigeria (SEWUN) picketed the Nexans Kabelmetal factory in Lagos on Friday 10 January 2003 to demand the recall of Rufus Olusesan, one of our comrades, who was sacked unjustly by the company management in December 2002. More ...
24th January, 2001
The Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) welcomes the declaration by the NLC president, Adams Oshiomhole that the trade unions are considering the formation of a Labour Party.