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Title:Wages, rent and food: aspects of labour policy in Nigeria 1897-1938
Author:Nwanunobi, C. Onyeka
Periodical:Nigeria Magazine
Geographic term:Nigeria
household budget
labour law
Abstract:Reviewing aspects of the service conditions of African wage earners in Nigeria beginning in 1897, when there was the first major strike of wage earners in Lagos, and ending in 1938 with the proclamation of the Trade Union Ordinance of that year, and focusing specifically on wages, rent and food - in recognition of the closer relationship between these three items and the cost of living - this article establishes that between 1897 and the depression of the late 1920s, wages remained essentially the same while the cost of living was rising. Also, that between 1931 and 1938, wages hardly changed despite the improvement in trade from 1935-1938. The facts confirm that in the Nigerian labour scene, there has hardly been any real improvement in the workers' conditions of service unless workers themselves take action or threaten to do so in order to achieve their ends. App., notes.